The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and its partners have launched the 2006-07 global campaign “Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School.” The campaign will promote the inclusion of risk reduction in the school curriculum of at-risk countries and will help to improve school safety by encouraging the use of construction standards to design or retrofit schools to withstand any kind of natural hazard. Why schools? The vulnerability of children in natural disasters was confirmed once again in the earthquakes that struck Pakistan in October 2005 and, more recently, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where thousands of children perished in their schools. Children can also be agents of change, as a young girl in Banda Aceh demonstrated by using what she had learned in a geography lesson about tsunamis to save many lives when the disaster struck in late December 2004. Learn more about how to participate in the 2006-2007 ISDR campaign by visiting