Mine Risk Education refers to mine action component with final aim to reduce number of victims and to indicate on long term danger by conducting education, media presentation and by raising population awareness.
Reducing the risk area through demining and marking activities and due to more involvement of mine risk education program, the number of mine victims is decreasing in recent years.
However, continuous mine risk education is essential in order to avoid potential mine and UXO victims.
BHMAC is a state coordination body with main responsibility to train mine risk education managers and to define standards for mine risk education. Implementation of MRE projects is done by MRE organizations whose projects are certified and approved by BHMAC. All MRE activities are coordinated through BHMAC, assisted by UNICEF.
Since 2003, MRE has been a formal part of BHMAC’s MA agenda and its MRE standards are based on those at the international level.
MRE is targeted at everyone, including children, adults, teachers and especially male farmers, as they have highest risk of injury or death from mine-related accidents. The most common methods of information transmission are posters, signs, brochures and school presentations.
MRE Trainings are provided to school-age children in the form of school programs that stress the importance of mine awareness and injury prevention. Interactive puppet shows and workshops are effective visuals that enforce key concepts in MRE. Training is also provided for adults and teachers. This training is geared to help teachers incorporate MRE into core school subjects, thus exposing children of many ages to information on mine risks. Additionally, MRE is a mandatory subject in five of the 10 Federation canons and in Brčko district.
EUFOR BiH Mine Information Department and LOT teams, with their trained and accredited mine risk education instructors, organizing MRE education across the country. LOT teams in cooperation with BiH Armed Forces, organizing lectures for school childer and their teachers in order to inform and educate children about the mine and UXO danger.
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