Geology for Global Development

Hazards Education Booklet: Call for Contributions

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GfGD are involved in an international project on Sustainable Resource Development of the Himalaya (see, which will cumulate in the delivery of a students’ programme in Ladakh, India, in June 2014. We are inviting students from across our network to submit material to be included in a booklet that will be used during teaching, and also given to the participating students to take home for future study.

This is an opportunity for students, either individually or as part of a GfGD University group activity, to contribute to disaster risk reduction in a developing country. The booklet we distribute will provide vital information for students in a landslide-prone, mountainous region, helping them to understand and manage the hazards they face. Ladakh has a unique and diverse population, and is home to some of the world’s most threatened tribes. Many communities are isolated and highly vulnerable. Any material submitted will be used to teach young people from many schools across the Ladakh region, including members of the nomadic Changpa tribe, and may be taken home and shared with their families and friends after our teaching programme ends. We hope to maximise the reach and impact of this work, by using clear, easy to understand information, gathered from earth and environmental scientists around the world.



We are asking people to submit material to be included in a teaching booklet on hazards in Ladakh. The booklet table of contents can be downloaded separately, and should guide the development of appropriate material. Any material submitted must be culturally appropriate, and suitable for 12-16 year old students.


  • Photographs may be submitted of landslides, rockfalls, or other scenarios that effectively illustrate a concept to be covered in the course.
  • Photographs should be submitted with a detailed caption explaining the location and context, as well as annotations or a clear description pointing to the key features of the photograph.
  • Photos submitted must be the author’s own work or used with author’s permission

(2) TEXT

  • Passages of text may be submitted, describing one of the key concepts from the Booklet contents page. These passages can be from 50-400 words.
  • Please bear in mind that the target audience are 12-16 year olds from Ladakh, India, for some of whom English may not be their first language.
  • The text must be based on information from literature, reports, lecture notes or the entrants own experiences, appropriate references should be included for the benefit of the GfGD committee.
  • Text submissions should be in an MS-word compatible document


  • Diagrams may be submitted. These should be simple and well annotated, and illustrate one of the concepts from the booklet contents page.
  • Diagrams must be the entrants own work, and may be hand drawn or produced on a drawing programme. The diagram may be based on another from a textbook or literature, but should be adapted with permission of the original author.



Taking part offers students:

  • An opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the fight against global poverty, helping to get appropriate information included within a hazards education programme.
  • The opportunity to state on their CV that they have helped to developed teaching material with Geology for Global Development.
  • In addition, all those who contribute to this project through the development of teaching materials will be invited to a special seminar and drinks reception in the summer of 2014, after the completion of this project.


If you are interested in this opportunity, please send material to Rosalie Tostevin, GfGD Himalayas Programme Officer []. Any submissions that meet our required standards will be considered for inclusion in the booklet.


Full details and conditions can be found HERE.

The booklet contents page can be found HERE.

Rosalie was the Himalayas Programme Officer for Geology for Global Development and writer for the GfGD blog. She is a geochemist and a postdoc at the University of Oxford.