PGSD UAD Equips Students with Disaster Mitigation Competence

Primary School Teacher Education Study Program (PGSD) of Ahmad Dahlan University (UAD) held a joint lecture of Social Science (IPS) Learning Materials on Saturday (7/4/2018). This lecture was in order to welcome Disaster Preparedness Day (HKB) and prepare prospective Primary School (SD) educators who are tough in dealing with disasters.

The activities were held on the 3rd floor classroom of the new building of campus 5 UAD. The event was attended by 350 PGSD students of semester 4. Present as the speaker was Budi Santoso, S.Psi. from Risk Reduction and Preparedness Division of Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center (MDMC).

According to Budi, prospective educators must be equipped with disaster-related capabilities. They must at least master management and preparedness mechanisms.

"Disaster response capability should be owned by educator candidates. They are agents of change that have the potential to minimize the impact of disasters," he said.

He added that all elements in the society, including universities, should contribute to reducing the risk of disaster. From his explanation, disasters are divided into several types, i. e. natural, non-natural, and social disasters.

Meanwhile, one of the lecturers of IPS Learning Materials course, Kirana Prama Dewi, S. Sos., M.Pd. explained that this activity was aimed at optimizing the potential of educators in realizing schools immune to disasters.

"We want to prepare prospective educators who are responsive to disasters. The material presented is related to natural phenomena and mitigation that should be taught at primary schools," said Kirana. (ard)