Cities at Risk Perceived by School Children

The non-profit organization GVES was created in 1994 with the purpose of producing (with public and professional seminars, town hall meetings, lectures to K-12 school children, technical studies of eruption scenarios and risk management strategies, public and professional publications) a greater consciousness of volcanic and anthropogenic hazards in the Neapolitan area. Many schools have collaborated on this educational initiative educational initiative through the projects dealing with volcanic risk, conserving the memories of past eruptions, maintaining awareness of organizations responsible for risk management, creating abilities to judge the information received through mass media, and developing educational methodologies pertinent to the security of the territory. The yearly manifestations of school children organized by GVES have provided an important forum for these children to express their perceptions of the risk posed by the hazardous environment as well to prepare them confront better the resilience and sustainability issues of their territory.

This year manifestation will be held during the fifth day of the conference and it is hoped that the schools of other cities of the world exposed to natural and anthropogenic hazards will also be able to participate with delegations at this event. The conference participants are also welcome to attend this manifestation.