Goals and Objectives: During the academic year of 2004/2005 Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan and UNICEF launched integration of Mine Risk Education (MRE) into school curriculum to spread safe behavior rules and messages among people living in mine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) affected areas, at the same time ensuring safety of development and rehabilitation projects from the threat of explosive devices.
Implementation: MRE activity covers population of 24 districts, including internally displaced people from occupied territories settled in IDP camps and frontier areas and consists of the following elements:
- Developing of a national capacity capable to educate people,
- Integration of MRE into curriculum of schools in border-close and frontline districts and,
- Implementation of community-based MRE activities.
Achievements: Total of teachers attended during 10 years consisted of 1,200 males and 2,435 females. Every year, 55,000 students in secondary schools have MRE classes. Upto now, 1,044,000 students in the secondary schools have been targeted. Analysis of the incidents happened show that study of MRE at schools significantly impacted to decrease the number of mine/ERW incidents among children.
Replication: Based on successful implementation of the solution in Azerbaijan, since 2009, ANAMA has been providing non-military humanitarian assistance to Islamic Republic of Afghanistan through a pilot project on (MRE) on integration of MRE into the program of local schools to achieve spreading of awareness and risk education messages among school children through teachers.
In 2010-2012, in Kabul and Parvan education departments, Afghanistan, AMANA provided support to the Afghani counterparts through:
- Translation of the “Mine Danger” books used in Azerbaijani schools as textbooks for schoolchildren into Dari language;
- Production of textbooks for students and manuals for teachers, distribution to certain targeted education facilities: 24 000 units of books for students and 1 500 manuals for teachers were produced and delivered to the Republic Ministry of Education and Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA).
- Methodical trainings for teachers who should have teach this subject at schools for 800 teachers (in Kabul city and Parvan province.
As a result of the joint efforts, starting from the 2010 academic year, integration of MRE into curricula of schools officially been approved by the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan.
In addition, the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan requested for 40 000 more of books to be send in the coming school year which were translated from Dari into Pashto by the local specialists.
Budget: For replication in Afghanistan: For the first stage of the pilot project approximately USD 25,000; the second stage (including production of books) required USD 170,000.
Partners: Azerbaijani Government (financial support), ANDMA, Department for Mine Clearance (DMC), and Mine Action Coordination Center for Afghanistan (MACCA), Ministry of Education and Parliament of Afghanistan.
Republic of Azerbaijan
Musa Jalalov, MRE Department Manager, Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA),
Address: Baku city, PC:AZ:1108
60 Ibrahimpasha Dadashov str.,
Phone:(+99412) 561 95 57; Fax:(+99412) 497 44 27
Mobile: (+99450) 322 10 91