Port Blair, Nov. 25: The Child Centric Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) Centre, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI organised a five days Training of Trainers on ‘Engaging Youth & Adolescents in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation’, in collaboration with the Department of Coastal Disaster Management at Pondicherry University, Port Blair campus, which concluded on Nov. 24.

The CCDRR Centre is a collaborative outcome between NIDM and UNICEF specifically focused on Child Centric and Child Led Disaster Risk Reduction. CCDRR Centre of NIDM is a dedicated hub for training, research and policy development for child centric, gender sensitive, disability inclusive, youth-oriented disaster resilience. The training programme was conducted under the patronage of Shri Rajendra Ratnoo (IAS), Executive Director, NIDM and the guidance and supervision of Prof. Santosh Kumar, Senior Advisor & Project Director, CCDRR, NIDM. The ToT programme was convened by Dr. Kumar Raka, Sr. Programme Officer, CCDRR, NIDM and coordinated by Dr. Balu I, Consultant, CCDRR.

Around 58 participants from senior to mid-level Officials and functionaries from various line Departments -Civil Defence Volunteer, Police (DM cell), Social Welfare, Education, Nehru Yuva Kendra, JNRM College, Dakshin Foundation, Hope Foundation participated in the training programme.

The valediction ceremony was graced by the presence of Dr. Manoj Dwivedi, Director (Disaster Management), A&N Administration. He threw light on the collaborative efforts between Government agencies, academic institutions and the community, especially the younger generation in addressing the challenges posed by disasters and climate change.

Shri Balu. I, CCDRR (NIDM) presented a comprehensive report on the training programme. Dr. Kumar Raka, Senior Programme Officer at CCDRR (NIDM) shared valuable perspectives on the importance of youth involvement in building resilient communities.