PEAD launches Mine Risk Education project in Jalozai Camp

Peshawar: To aware Internally Displaced Children (IDC) and community members of FATA that to how to remain safe from landmines, explosive remnants of war and UXOs, specialized training sessions under “Mine Risk Education” project is in progress in Peshawar Valley , Lower Kurram Agency and Jalozai Camp, Nowshera.

Launched by Peace Education and Development (PEAD) Foundation in collaboration with UNESCO, under MRE project so far 14 training sessions on prevention measures against natural disasters and man-made disasters had also been conducted in Jalozai Camp and in different parts of Peshawar valley.

For the purpose professional trainers including senior officials of Civil Defense Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are providing training with the support of PEAD and UNESCO. So far 450 young IDPs of FATA , currently residing at Khurasan, Khazana, Landi Arbab, Peshtakhara, Sufaid Deri , Khairabad and Jalozai Camp have been equipped with first aid skills to take preventive and safety measures in case of any emergency or unpleasant incident like blast, flood and earthquake occur.

Tariq Hayat, Manager Programmes KP, during a session here at Jalozai Camp, told the journalists that people living in FATA and other conflict stricken regions of the province are the most vulnerable communities at present, who most often become victims of landmine explosions particularly children become victims of toy like bombs, unexploded shells and mines excavated by insurgents, due to lack of knowledge and awareness.

He further said it is the need of the hour to inculcate safety measures in regular schooling system to aware children that how to remain safe in mine-affected environment or how to respond if any untoward incident takes place in their region. “The trainings will help affectees to respond effectively to natural and manmade emergencies as well”, he maintained adding beside 500 children, 100 master trainers will also be trained and tasked to spread awareness about the safety measures from landmines and other unexploded ordinance.

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