Minister V. Chernysh: Educating Civilian Population about Risks of Mines and Explosive Remnants of War is a Priority in MTOT Work
11.12.2018 | 15:00
On December 10, Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Vadym Chernysh visited Luhansk Oblast.
During the visit, the Minister was familiarized with the state of MTOT pilot project on demining, which is implemented with the support of the Government of Switzerland. The project is being implemented in the town of Hirske and provides for the establishment of a mechanism for coordinating mine action activities at the local level.
We remind that at least 355 civilians died from mines and ERW in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts during 4 years and 1456more were injured.
In order to protect the population from the danger of mines, MTOT helped to create a Coordination Group of representatives of local self-government, local executive authorities, enterprises, international and civic organizations in Hirske Lugansk Region. Within its framework, training on the rules of safe behavior of adults and children, the definition of local priorities of demining activities and informing the population about dangerous sites by means of examination and marking and further clearance is conducted.
"It's important to know how to protect yourself from mines, so training civilians on the risks of dangers from mines and explosive remnants of war is a priority in our work," - Vadym Chernysh
Within the framework of the project, MTOT conducts training for the population of Hirske and in Popasnianskyi raion (in the towns of Popasna, Zolote, Hirske) on risks of mines and explosive remnants of war.
In order to implement these measures, MTOT developed the methodological recommendations "Mines and ERW Risk Education When Implementing Projects and Programs in Communities", taking into account the provisions and requirements of international standards for demining activities.
In addition, the Minister visited the Hirske Regional Specialized Boarding School in extra-curricular classes, where students are taught about safe behavior in the event of mine danger.
Also, MTOT, with the support of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Ukraine, developed a set of visual stands for schools in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts "Mines and Explosives", which featured the most widespread explosive objects on the territory of the joint forces operation. Now such stands are used in lessons and extracurricular activities.