Dr Avianto Amri

Completed PhD student
Dr Avianto Amri

Vital disaster education for children is primarily designed for delivery in schools, but Dr Avianto Amri’s research has produced a new board game to empower children at home. While recent studies have shown that disaster education programs increase children’s awareness and knowledge, it does not always translate to changes at home in disaster preparedness. This new innovative education intervention enables children to engage with parents and build disaster resilient households.

The board game, PREDIKT, empowers children to engage in householder preparedness in a meaningful way, explains Avianto.

“PREDIKT provides the ammunition for teachers and parents to play and learn about disaster preparedness with children, in a fun and interactive way. It’s not just the children learning. We’ve found that parents and teachers are challenged by the children, as their curiosity drives them to ask more questions related to disaster preparedness,” Avianto said.

Initial results have shown that the education intervention is successful in motivating parents to discuss householder preparedness with their children. The resource, which is cheap and scalable, is currently being used by agencies and practitioners across Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. The game forms part of a broader toolkit, which includes worksheets, templates, tips and preparedness items for multiple hazard types, to further strengthen disaster preparedness through interactive learning. The developing body of knowledge around children and disaster risk reduction has shown the importance of engaging with children in meaningful ways. Participatory processes empower children to not only protect themselves and others in emergencies, but to become agents of change for their communities. Discussions are in progress to modify the board game and toolkit so that it can be used by people with visual impairment. This would make PREDIKT the first inclusive board game on disaster preparedness.

Avianto is very active in the disaster risk reduction space through his work with various organisations, including Plan International, UNICEF and IFRC, and was deployed to Nepal asked to assist with earthquake relief operations in June 2015. He also entered the CRC Association Early Career Researcher communication competition 2019 by completing a 30 second video explaining his research, which is available on the CRC website.

Student project

This project aims to develop and apply a set of tools that enable parents to engage with their children in a meaningful discussion on household disaster preparedness planning, by using participatory processes.
Supervisory panel:
Disaster risk reduction education policies and practices in Indonesia: Bridging the research-practice gaps
18 Sep 2018
The Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) stresses the importance of collaboration ...
An Evidence-Based Practice Framework for Children's Disaster Education
18 Aug 2015
Disaster education for children has been identified as a key stragety for increasing disaster...
Children and Youth in Disasters: A Co-Produced Program of Research
18 Aug 2015
Children represent the most vulnerable demographic group in disasters.  The world health...
Risk Reduction and Resilience Education: Recommendations for Scaling Up. Views from Indonesia
18 Aug 2015
Nearly one third of the world's population are children. However, much disaster management...
A cross cultural investigation of child-centred disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Indonesia and Australia
25 Aug 2014
There remains an assumption that children and young people are passive victims with no role to play...

Resources credited

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Presentation-Audio-Video 08 Mar 2019 Avianto Amri - early career researcher entry 2019 File Save (0 bytes) child-centred, education, resilience

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