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Promoting sustainable development goals: Role of higher education institutions in climate and disaster management in Zimbabwe

Munyaradzi A. Dzvimbo, Tinashe M. Mashizha, Kelvin Zhanda, Albert Mawonde
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 14, No 1 | a1206 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v14i1.1206 | © 2022 Munyaradzi A. Dzvimbo, Tinashe M. Mashizha, Kelvin Zhanda, Albert Mawonde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 September 2021 | Published: 29 June 2022

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Munyaradzi A. Dzvimbo, Department of Development Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
Tinashe M. Mashizha, Plant and AgriBiosciences Research Centre, Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Kelvin Zhanda, Department of Architecture and Real Estate, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Albert Mawonde, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article seeks to explore the role of higher education institutions (HEIs) in climate change adaptation and disaster risk management (DRM). The study is based on the qualitative desk review, thematic and document analysis and uses the theory of change to facilitate a road map for HEIs in strengthening professional human development, policy consistency in dealing with climate-induced natural disasters (CINDs) research and policies. Academic journals covering the role of HEIs in climate and disaster management in Zimbabwe were selected on google scholar. Reviewed documents include universities’ curriculum documents, government disaster policy documents and other related disaster management policy protocols. The article’s findings reflect that HEIs in Zimbabwe have been engaged in climate change education and DRM as the country and the region are prone to threats posed by extreme weather events in the form of tropical cyclones and extreme droughts. The article concludes that HEIs core mission that includes public engagement to advance achieving sustainable development goals in Zimbabwe is growing at a steady pace to find ways to avert the impact of climate change and put strategies in place to respond to disaster to minimise social, environmental and economic losses posed by disasters. Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) is enhancing people’s resilience in Chadereka village in Muzarabani through disaster preparedness training. National University of Science Technology (NUST) is also training communities on disaster concepts, disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response.

 


Keywords

climate; disaster; higher education; management; sustainable development

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