March 7, 2016
A media tour was held to two JICA project sites in Bursa on March 07, 2016 with the participation of a group of 20 JICA Alumni members, Japanese experts, JICA staffs and 4 nationwide TV companies.
The first stop was Karapinar Elementary School which is one of the pilot schools of JICA's "School Based Disaster Education Project". The students get training on disaster awareness by playing games and using visual materials such as coloring books, songs which were created by the "master teachers" trained in Japan. The master teachers are the teachers who participated in the particular trainings in Japan in order to disseminate the knowledge and experience to their colleges and the students as well. The media representatives were very impressed by the participatory training of the students and the students' humour that they play and learn. They made shootings and interviewed the students.
The second stop was "Bursa Disaster Training Center". It is only one disaster training center in Turkey and was established by Bursa Governorship with the technical support of JICA. The center has earthquake, hurricane, fire, flood simulators where visitors receive disaster preparedness training by the experienced instructors. A JICA's Senior Volunteer Ms. Kashiwagi, is working at this center and gives support to the capacity development of the center. The media representatives were fascinated by the center. A national TV station Channel 24 was so interested in the project that they made a live broadcast and on-air interview with Dr. Emin Ozdamar, Senior Program Officer of JICA Turkey Office. As an output of this media tour, news about JICA and our projects in Bursa appeared in 3 different TV channels in different programs repeatedly for 2 days, 5 newspapers and more than 70 news web sites including leading national newspaper web pages as well.
TV news is accessible at http://www.tvarsivi.com/okul-tabanli-afet-egitimi--muhabir-bilgi-aktariyor--japonya-uluslararasi-is-birl-2016-03-07%2013:35:19-1249914ya.html (external link) (00' 40'' - 05' 03'') (live broadcasting on Mach 7, 2016 from Bursa Disaster Training Center)