Children of Tsunami
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Children of Tsunami: Guide for educators
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Colleges & Universities

The following activities are only suggestions on what could be done in a college/ university situation. It is intended to act as a guide to help you design education tools and activities that are fun and have maximum impact. Please click here to send in ideas and activities that you have developed and tried in your local setting as well as feedback on the suggested activities.

The following suggested activities are divided along student and teacher driven approaches. The ‘Children of Tsunami’ videos and online material is a useful tool to understand the impact of disasters as well as complex issues in disaster preparation and recovery.

Student driven approaches

  1. Film screenings - Film screenings of the ‘Children of Tsunami’ material followed by student facilitated dialogues in which issues and problems of interest are discussed. The dialogues should be facilitated by a student with some background or knowledge on disaster management or the tsunami, in order for questions to be answered appropriately.

  2. Information workshops – Student run groups on campus such as the Student Union, various Cultural groups and/or organizations could sponsor information workshops. These workshops could be led by members of relief organizations that have dealt with tsunami relief, professors with backgrounds in disaster management, or other knowledgeable persons.

  3. Speakers – Student groups could invite or sponsor speakers to come and speak on campus. Speakers could be as varied as someone with personal experience from the tsunami, to development and regional professionals who have worked for post-tsunami recovery.

  4. Fundraisers & festivals - The ‘Children of Tsunami’ videos could be screened publicly for the campus or community in order to raise awareness, along with information tables set up as to where and how students/community members can donate money for the on-going tsunami recovery process.

  5. Other activities –
  • Students can track down the amount of aid for tsunami relief given by their universities or communities
  • Student groups can research reliable, local non-profit organizations involved in tsunami affected regions and gain an insight into the recovery process from the organizations’ perspectives.


Instructor driven approaches

  1. Use the ‘Children of Tsunami’ videos and online material as a starting point for informal discussion about the tsunami and disasters in general.

  2. Media/communications courses could discuss the role and impact that the media played during the Asian tsunami.

  3. Social sciences courses can use the COT material to initiate discussions about issues that come up in the films. For example, the way gender roles were impacted by the Asian tsunami disaster, the impact of the disaster on loss of livelihoods and property, and/or the response to the disaster by local and international government and industry etc.

  4. Science courses can research and create mock disaster warning systems and discuss issues relating to the practical use of disaster warning systems at a village level.

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