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UNICEF links ICT to casualties reduction in emergencies

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says Information Communications Technology (ICT) is a vital tool in disseminating information to reduce casualties in emergency situations in schools.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says Information Communications Technology (ICT) is a vital tool in disseminating information to reduce casualties in emergency situations in schools..Dr. Judith Giwa-Amu, an Education Officer in the organisation, who stated this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, weekend, said the basis of any emergency preparedness and response in schools is informed by the level of preparation and planning that is adapted.

“The idea of planning is that you want to avoid disaster occurrence, we don’t even want to say if it occurs but want to do things that we can do to avoid it. When we are able to plan effectively to avoid it, we must communicate with those who are key stakeholders in terms of the school community, children, teachers and security.

“Now you know that children are in the jet age, ICT is the in-thing and every child has phone. This is called the `why’ generation.

The best way to reach these children is through the use of ICT related systems. In UNICEF, we have what we call U-report, it is a device that can be installed in phones or laptops, through this medium you can communicate emergency tools to a larger population in the country,’’ she said.


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