Risk education – also known as mine risk education, or MRE – aims to prevent death and injury from landmines, unexploded ordnance and other explosive weapons by raising awareness of the problems and promoting safer behaviour.
Risk education includes public information dissemination through mass media, such as this video for Syrian refugees at risk from unexploded ordnance, as well as targeted education and training to at-risk civilians and humanitarian aid workers, in both formal and non-formal settings.
One of these risk education sessions 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.
Watch part of a risk education session from Morobo county in South Sudan below:
Risk education is given by MAG's Community Liaison (CL) teams. CL staff are the eyes and ears of MAG. Their job is to go into communities to find out what and where the problem is.
Community liaison involves working with communities, development agencies and local authorities to gather information about the location and extent of landmines and other explosive weapons, and how their presence is affecting the way people live from day to day.
This enables MAG to better target our resources to the areas of greatest need.
148,251 risk education sessions worldwide
17,747,899 direct beneficiaries of MAG's activities, including risk education
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Our CL teams also inform communities about planned demining activities, explaining the nature and duration of the tasks, and the exact locations of marked or cleared areas. They then follow up afterwards to ensure that all of a community's requirements are met.
MAG was the first organisation to carry out Community Liaison, in the late-1990s. It is now seen as integral in combating the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, and considered "a strategic principle of mine action" by the International Mine Action Standards.
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