Curriculum events

The curriculum consisted of three different kinds of events:

6 LES meetings
These were 3-day international Learning and Experience Sharing meetings. The 6 focal points have met on location of one of the three cities and received education on DRM. The first four LES meetings covered the three stages of the EU Risk Management Capability Assessment Guidelines (Disaster Risk Assessment, Disaster Risk Management Planning, Implementing Disaster Risk Management), preceded by a introduction into DRM in the first LES. Each of these meetings have covered the same 10 topics: the different kinds of capabilities and the pre-defined special interests of the three cities.

The fifth and sixth LES meeting (second half of the second year) were dedicated to sharing experiences on the implementation of the self-assessment and Peer Review outcomes in a local DRM strategy with roadmap. In addition, in these last two LES meetings some topics were revisited and deepened, based on specific needs that arise at that point of the project. In this way the curriculum allowed for a structured approach, but also for some flexibility to address needs that arose during the project.

8 e-LES meetings
In each semester two half-day online education meetings were organized in addition on the face-to-face education. The online education was used for some additional instruction, theoretical and practical lessons (matching the topics of the preceding and following LES meeting), as well as for exchanging the outcomes of the homework assignments. For these meetings video conference was used.

4 SAM rounds: coaching and local stakeholder meeting
VRZHZ and ITINERIS provided direct coaching to the focal points of each city (together with PA RCSD for Ungheni), based on their experience in MiSRaR, PRISMA, CRISMAS and the Peer Reviews. To this end, they visited each city four times for a so-called Support and Advice Meeting (SAM). Each SAM coaching meeting consisted of two days, although in same cases this was extended to three days because of the needs of the city and sometimes because of available flights. At least one day was completely aimed at coaching the focal points themselves and the other was used for assistance to the focal points in their own trainings activities in local stakeholder meetings.

Homework assignments as a bridge between curriculum and local action
Each LES meeting was preceded and followed by practical homework assignments. This included reading of the curriculum syllabi, researching the own local situation, some internet research to familiarize with concepts and approaches and stakeholder management activities. The homework assignments were specifically designed to facilitate the process of local action: transfer of knowledge to local stakeholders, the self-assessment of current DRM capabilities, the local Peer Reviews and the development of local DRM strategies and roadmaps. In that way each city knew exactly what to do to apply the lessons learnt into local practice and the local actions were synchronize between the cities, so they could learn from each other during the implementation.