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Hi and thanks for visiting my profile :) My name is Hussam, I'm a blogger-researcher-journalist, member of the European Youth Press’ Middle East and North Africa Committee (MENAC). I studied in Italy (Trieste/Gorizia), England (SOAS, London), and Poland (College of Europe). Academically, my background is mainly in Diplomacy and International Relations, with a focus on Environment. My interests are climate change, water, development and international cooperation.


Lessons save lives

Published 14th July 2010 - 11 comments - 2091 views -

Dear fellow bloggers,


this morning I have been to a conference in Geneva of Brigitte Leoni of the international  Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

ISDR focuses on the prevention of the disasters, that means on education, awareness raising, building built according to the security regulations, etc.

During her presentation, she showed us a very interesting video who gave us a practical example on how education, espceially in the schools, could save lifes. The video was about Tilly Smith, a young British student that in december 2004 was in Thailandia with her parents for holidays. She recognized, thanks to a lecture she had at school some weeks before her holidays, the signs of the Tsunami and managed to give the allarm and to save her family plus other people that were on the beach.

Please watch it, and let me know what u think.







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  • Carmen Paun on 14th July 2010:

    The girl’s speech in the video is truly impressive! I agree with Lara, lessons need to be made more practical. I also learned about tsunami in my geography lessons and I might be able to tell you how a tsunami is produced but not what are the signs that a tsunami is approaching.
    And the fact that lessons save lives: that is a not a secret for anyone! Did everybody get first aid classes in school? smile

  • Andrea Arzaba on 14th July 2010:

    WOW! This is so interesting…I actually never had a class on how to know when a tsunami (or any other) natural incident is coming! I am amazed…this are very simple but CRUCIAL subjects!! Thank you for this post!

  • Iwona Frydryszak on 14th July 2010:

    I didn’t have it as well Andrea… and it’s great. I would like my kids have such a knowalge as she has.

  • Hussam Hussein on 14th July 2010:

    @ Lara: thanks for the link, didnt’ read it… and as u said, good for the more interactive and practical lessons at school!
    @ Carmen: I did, but not sure everyone did… that’s also a very important issue!
    @Radka: thanks for the proverb, it is really true! smile
    @ Iwona: thanks! What do you think we could do to change the educational system?

  • Iwona Frydryszak on 14th July 2010:

    Fortunately it is changing now and I wish to have such an opportunities kids now in school in Poland have. My generation was in the time of transformation so there were still lack of funds and know-how opportunities. education for me is key to development so educating educators wink

  • Luan Galani on 15th July 2010:

    Guys, you said all and I agree 100% with you. School lessons should be more practical, relevant, having an eye on the future. I think we have to pressure upon teachers and schools to get it. I’ve always upheld this idea without perceiving it…
    Thanks for this clarifying post.

  • Hussam Hussein on 15th July 2010:

    thanks Iwona and Luan for your contribution. Indeed, more practical lessons are needed, in many different fields. First aid as Carmen mentioned, is also important to be taught to all students

  • Hussam Hussein on 16th July 2010:

    Exactly, look at Tilly for instance wink

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