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Risk Education

Risk Education in South Sudan

MAG educates communities about the dangers posed by remnants of conflict, delivering tailored safety messages to those most under threat.

Risk Education – or Mine Risk Education (MRE), or Small Arms Light Weapons Risk Education (SALWRE) – helps minimise the risks for people living, working and travelling through areas contaminated with landmines  and/or unexploded ordnance.

A Risk Education session in South Sudan

Carried out by Community Liaison staff, MAG’s Risk Education activities vary considerably depending on the target audience – their age, gender and literacy, for example – and their living and working environment.

A Risk Education session may include, for example: how to recognise commonly found remnants of conflict; how to report a dangerous item; what to do in an emergency; known areas of contamination and accidents; warning clues and signs for mined areas; how to keep others safe, and more.

MAG also trains 'focal points' within communities, such as teachers and religious or village leaders, to deliver Risk Education.

As well as face-to-face discussions and community meetings, Risk Education can also be delivered through radio and TV broadcasts, billboards, posters, drama and music.

Photo, top: Giving safety messages to students in South Sudan. [J.B.Russell/MAG]

Risk Education in practice:

LIBYA: New awareness-raising song warns children of explosive weapons risk

BRAZZAVILLE EMERGENCY RESPONSE: Fighting an ongoing threat

IRAQ: Thousands of Iraqis taught gun safety and awareness

SOUTH SUDAN: Protecting children and farming communities from landmines

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MAG (Mines Advisory Group) saves and improves lives by reducing the devastating effects armed violence and remnants of conflict have on people around the world.
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