Heralding Ideas of a Resilient Nation through Education of Disaster Science in 21st Century

  • Afshan Naz Quazi Former Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Regional Institute of Education (NCERT), Ajmer, Rajasthan, India https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6812-6078
  • Amit Vishwakarma Research Scholar, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand & Assistant Professor, PG Department of Geography, B.N. Mandal University, Bihar, India https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0727-0030
Keywords: Natural hazards, Disasters, Disaster management, Sustainability, Science education

Abstract

The world with vast continental landmasses and having diversified topographic structures is bound to face a multiplicity of natural hazards on local to regional scale. Natural events of such adverse effects on human property and life have led us to conceptualize these as disasters. The trend analysis of the last 100 years over the earth reveals the fact that much has been changed by natural disasters with an average occurrence of 7 in 1914 to 341 disasters in 2014 per continent on a global scale. The present study focuses on how frequent disasters have continued to harm our environment and up to what extent threatened the sustainability of humanity in the last ten decades. The available data on past natural calamities have been studied to gauge the intensity and effects of these hazards and realizing a better way to mitigate them by educating all for disasters and disaster management as this will ensure timely disaster preparedness in general. Each disaster occurs at the backdrop of some science in it. This necessitates natural disasters as a probable area of concern which awaits intrinsic study and investigations with enough scientific aptitude and inquiry in science education of our country. The origin of such events of unforeseen calamities is set in one country, but its effects on howsoever mild or severe are widespread trans-nationally. To understand, mitigate, and to manage them finally lies with the scientific community at our disposal.

Published
2020-09-01
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Naz Quazi, A., & Vishwakarma, A. (2020). Heralding Ideas of a Resilient Nation through Education of Disaster Science in 21st Century. Shanlax International Journal of Education, 8(4), 81-89. https://doi.org/10.34293/education.v8i4.3358
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