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February 4, 2016

"Sports for a safer tomorrow"
- Japan promotes disaster mitigation education through sports

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organizes a participatory disaster mitigation education event in Thalagahawatta Gamini Vidyalaya, at Ranhotikanda in the Ratnapura district on 6th February with the participation of Mr. M. Kiba, who is a well-known former professional football player in Japan.

Mr. Kiba is one of the survivors of a huge catastrophe occurred in Japan in 1995 called the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake which has taken away about 5000 lives of the Japanese. He uses his professional skills to deliver his tragic experiences to the younger generations to increase their awareness and to pass down the experiences on disasters more effectively and enjoyably. He will share his experiences with the school children at Thalagahawatta Gamini Vidyalaya and will also conduct football clinics on the 8th and 9th February in Colombo and Gampaha.

The school in Ranhotikanda is located in an area which has a high probability of sediment disasters, where some huge landslides have occurred in the past. Therefore it is important to enhance the awareness of disaster mitigation with the future generation. ‘Village Disaster Management Committee (VDMC)' is a self-sustained disaster coping mechanism introduced by JICA project Disaster Management Capacity Enhancement Project Adaptable to Climate change (DiMCEP) in Ranhotikanda and few other areas. The members of the VDMC together with the experts in the disaster management field will speak to the school children about ‘disasters', creating an opportunity for the children to effectively participate in the program.

These events are organized by JICA with the cooperation of the Japanese Professional Football League (J-League) initiated as part of the "Sports for Tomorrow" project promoted by the Government of Japan. As the host country of Olympic in 2020, Japan aims at spreading values learnt through sports and increase awareness of the Olympic and Paralympic movement to people of all generations worldwide.

Below are some of the images of Mr. Kiba's visit to Sri Lanka last year.

PhotoMr. Kiba sharing his experience of Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake to the kids

PhotoGroup photo of participatory disaster mitigation event (Colombo)

PhotoMr. Kiba distributing T-shirts provided by Japan Professional Football League to the kids at the football clinics

PhotoJICA volunteers instructing the kids at a football clinic


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