The training course to improve capacity for trainers on community-based disaster risk management was held successfully at TLU

The Thuyloi University (TLU) in collaboration with the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) held the first training course on capacity improving for the trainers at the central level on community-based disaster risk management. The course took places from 20th to 24th July 2020 at TLU.

Opening ceremony at TLU

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Tran Quang Hoai - Director General of the VNDMA said: In 2017, with the support of the Green Climate Fund, UNDP and the Government of Vietnam began to coordinate the implementation of the project: “Strengthening resilience to climate change impacts to vulnerable coastal communities in Vietnam” (GCF project). The project has the participation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Planning and Investment and 7 provinces participating in the project including Nam Dinh and Thanh. Hoa, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Ngai, Quang Binh, Quang Nam and Ca Mau. The project is expected to expand the scope of activities to enhance the disaster prevention capacity of vulnerable coastal communities in all 28 coastal provinces of Vietnam.

Mr. Tran Quang Hoai - General Director VNDMA spoke at the ceremony

With the goal of training qualified trainers, capable of conducting training courses at central, provincial, district and commune levels in disaster risk management and climate change, contributing to improving capacity of the national training system at all levels, the VNDMA has cooperated with the Thuyloi University, UNDP to develop a standard curriculum for community-based disaster prevention and climate change adaptation nationwide, organizing advanced trainings for current national trainers on disaster risk management; equip them with more knowledge and skills on climate change, teaching methods for adults and gender integration, testing and certification for qualified trainers.

Ms. Sitara Syed - Deputy Representative of UNDP

According to Ms. Sitara Syed, UNDP Deputy Representative participants from this course have been and will be an important resource in a joint effort to help the Vietnamese people and community be safer, better able to respond to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change. After this successful course, UNDP looks forward to continuing to coordinate with the VNDMA and Thuyloi University in the process of organizing the second so-called “Course B” or “Introductory Training” in the next few months. Both of these training courses will lay the foundation for the development and professionalization of training courses for trainers, as well as staff from VNDMA, ministries, and provinces who are directly involved in disaster risk management work.

Ms. Doan Tuyet Nga - Director of Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, VNDMA

Speaking at the close ceremony, Ms. Doan Tuyet Nga - Director of Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, VNDMA thanked the dedication of the Thuyloi University and their trainers for supporting the first training course, in line with the Government Program 1002 on "Raising public awareness and community-based disaster risk management”. At the same time, acknowledging the efforts in the learning process of trainees, especially the elderly trainees.  Ms. Nga also added that, currently, the VNDMA has received 3 proposals from localities such as Lao Cai, Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang to coordinate with Thuyloi University in disaster risk management training.

Prof. Dr. Trinh Minh Thu - President of Thuyloi University

According to Prof. Dr. Trinh Minh Thu - President of Thuyloi University, natural disasters and climate change are affecting directly to Vietnam, so the course strengthens the trainers at the central level. UNDP's support for this occasion is of great significance for disaster preparedness.

Trainees receive graduation Certificates

Thuy Loi University is committed to working with VNDMA and UNDP to pursue the idea of developing further training courses on Community-based Disaster Risk Management. This can be integrated as a recommendation in the ongoing review of the Government Program 1002 led by VNDMA and supported by UNDP.