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]