MIRPUR (AJK)-Speakers at a training workshop on disaster management stressed a need for making disaster management part of curriculum in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

The three-day workshop was hosted in Rawalakot. It was held under the auspices of the UK-based NGO Conciliation Resources and ‘Frineds In Need Pakistan”.

AJK Legislative Assembly Member Sardar Khalid Ibrahim Khan was the chief guest at the concluding session of the workshop which was attended among others by over 28 representatives from AJK, State Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (SERA), Rescue Services and educational institutions. Facilitator and consultant on disaster management Israr Ayub imparted training in first aid and community-based disaster risk management to the participants.

The most important issues included declaring compulsory the implementation of ‘earthquake-proof building code’ and placing disaster management as the compulsory subject in the syllabus of Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

Sardar Khalid described the community-based disaster risk management as the need of hour to educate the masses on precautionary measures in case of any catastrophe, natural or accidental.

Khalid felicitated the organisers - CR England and ‘Friends in Need Pakistan’ for hosting the training workshop. He gave away certificates and souvenirs to the participants for successful completion of the training course in the moot.

Consultant Israr Ayub presented his recently-authored anthology titled “Taming Disasters’’ to Sardar Khalid Ibrahim Khan. The book was recently published by National Book Foundation to make it part of the educational syllabus in Azad Jammu Kashmir.