Our community awareness teams work in over 700 villages each year. Last year they briefed over 170,000 people.
Community awareness is integrated with survey and clearance: CA teams gather
important information about contamination levels and UXO locations.
The teams conduct many activities in each village: games & educational
materials in school classrooms; small-group discussion sessions with adults,
and evening performances of drama, song and puppetry. The awareness aims are:
To create a new awareness among rural communities of the continued dangers of UXOs
To educate villagers on ways to minimise the hazards caused by UXOs and reduce risks through behaviour change
StrategyExpanded multi-media approach: will ensure wider coverage of target audiences including villagers living in remote and diffcult to access areas, children and ethnic minority groups.
Community participation through extensive discussion and field testing of all materials and activities.
Stregthened managament, coordination, and evaluation of the programme through capacity-building.
Strengthened partnerships: will provide wider coverage and ensure maximum use of all resources.
The Mass Media Research on UXO Awareness showed a clear preference
for radio by both adults and children as the preferred medium. This research,
conducted in 1999 by the Ministry of Information and Culture and UNICEF, has
refined the UXO awareness strategy. A rewarding research was that UXO LAO
activities have had a wide reach: most villages surveyed reported a team visit
within the last 3 years.
To gain wide coverage of UXO awareness, UXO LAO works with UNICEF, the NGO
Consortium, the National Puppet Troupe, National and provincial radio and television.
Other UXO awareness activities include an expansion of the formal education
programme implemented by the Ministry of Education, assisted by the NGO Consortium
and funded by UNICEF. The programme has been operating in 2 provinces for the
past 5 years, and was expanded to another 2 during 1999. Targeting primary school
teachers and students, the UXO curriculum is mainstreamed into standard teaching
schedules, and involves creative arts workshops and puppetry training for students.
Implementing Partner for Community Awareness
UNICEF is the major donor to UXO awareness
activities and assists UXO LAO with
technical support, and funds the programme. UNICEF is the UN focal point for
landmine and UXO education worldwide. Here, UNICEF works with national and
provincial media, Ministry of Information and Culture, National Puppet Troupe
and different NGO’s to facilitate many avenues of educating children and
their communities about UXO.
Link to UNICEF web-site
Song taught to school children
I really hate uxo
because it causes
Danger, Death and Damage
I am very afraid of uxo
It is an evil thing
If I see it, I run away
And to be a good child
I go and tell adults,
I am a pupil in a new age
So I pay attention to what
adults and teachers tell me:
Do not play with uxo
and I will have
…..a long life!