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Just Play Emergency Programme

Following Tropical Cyclones Pam (Vanuatu) and Winston (Fiji), OFC in partnership with UNICEF has developed a specific curriculum in response to natural disaster.

The objectives of the Just Play emergency programme is to teach children how to keep themselves and their family safe during an emergency and to support their recovery after a cyclone.The curriculum incorporates key recovery and response messages, which include:

  • Coping with an emergency
  • Hand washing and water safety
  • Food security
  • Safety and security

Vanuatu

On Friday 13 March, 2015, category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam hit the island state of Vanuatu. The storm hit 22 islands and affected over 166,000 people, of which 82,000 were children.

Homes, schools, businesses, livelihoods and basic services were destroyed, affecting many children and coaches involved in the Just Play Programme.

After the cyclone, Just Play collaborated with UNICEF Pacific to use the Just Play programme platform to reach children and share important information. 36 emergency festivals were delivered and birth certificates were issued to children as part of the Nation Birth Registration Campaign on top of regular programme activity to help the children of Vanuatu through the trauma.

Psychosocial training allowed coaches to use Just Play sessions to encourage children to share their experience of the cyclone and support them through the recovery process.

Lessons learnt from emergency response activities for Tropical Cyclone Pam contributed to the development of the Just Play Emergency Programme, launched in Fiji on March 23 2016, in response to Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Fiji

Following Tropical Cyclone Winston, a Just Play Emergency Programme was rolled out in the 12 most affected region. Pairing existing Just Play messages with emergency preparedness, response and recovery messages, allows teachers and community volunteers to use the existing Just Play platform to deliver information and ensure that children understand how to keep themselves and their families’ safe in the wake of a natural disaster.

After Tropical Cyclone Winston hit Fiji in February 2016, all regular programme activity was put on hold. An emergency programme curriculum was designed, incorporating key recovery and response messages which include:Coping with an emergency Handwashing and water safetyFood security Safety and security

During Phase 1, the Emergency Programme reached Vanuabalavu, Lau (Island), Korovou & Tailevu north (Viti Levu), Rakiraki (Viti Levu), Tavua (Viti Levu), Lautoka (Viti Levu), Ba (Viti Levu) and Taveuni Island.