NPRD and UNICEF present Riskland – an educational game
Zagreb, 16 October 2018 – The National Protection and Rescue Directorate and UNICEF presented the educational game “Riskland” at the August Cesarec Elementary School in Zagreb. This is a fun, educational game for children of primary school age. It aims to inform children and explain in an interesting way what they, as a part of the community, can do to make themselves safer in the event of an earthquake, flood or other natural disasters, and encourage discussion on reducing risks associated with natural catastrophes at schools.
“Children are our future and thus I am extremely pleased that we presented this game today. Investing in raising awareness and in the culture of prevention from the youngest age is truly the best way towards decreasing the risk of catastrophes. We know that children, particularly the youngest ones and those experiencing developmental difficulties, are among the most vulnerable groups in society when faced with natural or man-made threats. If we teach them from the youngest age about the human impact on nature and natural phenomena and how to behave if they find themselves in different threatening situations, these children will someday be a part of a society more resilient to disasters. This is a goal we strive for, and we can achieve this only by working together continuously,” said Stjepan Huzjak, Deputy Director of the National Protection and Rescue Directorate.
Younger pupils from the August Cesarec Elementary School took part in creating the game. They were the first in Croatia to have the opportunity to play “Riskland” and give advice to help improve it.
“In crisis situations, children are the most vulnerable, and therefore it is important that we are prepared for any disaster or accident, and that children know that society cares for their safety. “Riskland” can help children learn that some actions can reduce the impact of a disaster, while other actions can increase society’s vulnerability. We are very pleased and grateful that the girls and the boys from August Cesarec Elementary School tested the game and helped us make it even better,” said Đurđica Ivković, Deputy Head of the UNICEF Office for Croatia.
After the official presentation of Riskland which was hosted by the actress and UNICEF supporter Mirna Medaković Stepinac, the Deputy Director of the National Protection and Rescue Directorate Stjepan Huzjak and the Deputy Head of the UNICEF Office for Croatia Đurđica Ivković played the game with pupils.
Thanks to the cooperation of the National Protection and Rescue Directorate and UNICEF, children will be able to recognise risks in their environment and be more prepared in the event of natural disasters and catastrophes. Reducing the risk of disasters builds on the work started in Gunja after the floods there and it is a part of the Cooperation Programme of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and UNICEF for the period from 2017 to 2021.
The educational game Riskland is for children from the age of eight and upwards, and it will be distributed to all elementary schools in Croatia.