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DISASTER RISK REDUCTION THROUGH SCHOOLS Presented at the Global Platform special event on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education Sector 17 June 2009 PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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DISASTER RISK REDUCTION THROUGH SCHOOLS Presented at the Global Platform special event on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education Sector 17 June 2009. ActionAid’s DRR through Schools Project.

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DISASTER RISK REDUCTION THROUGH SCHOOLS

Presented at the Global Platform special event on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education Sector

17 June 2009


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ActionAid’s DRR through Schools Project

  • Multi-country project to reduce vulnerability through HFA implementation in Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, Haiti, India, Bangladesh, Nepal & Haiti

  • Safe schoolchildren, communities & school buildings through knowledge and action on risk and hazards at local level to national level rooted in community

  • International reach through work with UNISDR, BOND group, UNESCO and other actors


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Networks and linkages

  • UNISDR

  • COGSS/DPE

  • DfID inter-agency group- ActionAid, Christian Aid, Plan, Tearfund and Practical Action (British Red Cross)

  • Global Network of CSOs for Disaster Reduction

  • VOICE DRR working group - (Voluntary Organisations in Conflict and Emergencies)

  • BOND DRR group - A UK based coalition of NGOs and academics.


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Core principles

  • Outreach: schools as centres for community DRR – a culture of safety through mobilisation and organisation

  • Participatory vulnerability analysis: an entry point that informs priority and actions from local to national levels

  • Curriculum: Brings natural sciences teaching together with active study of risk reduction based on local hazards and risks.

  • Physical protection: Builds safer schools in safer sites and retrofit schools for better safety


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Lessons/challenges

  • Enthusiasm of key players over technical knowledge

  • Inadequate capacity at local level (technical, financial)

  • Education & other sectors have to own and drive the idea of DRR

  • Importance of changing attitudes of school management towards DRR

  • Inappropriate/ lack of enforcement of building codes

Bunds at Thangadzi-1 Government Primary School.


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Some key recommendations

  • RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Use PVA as entry point to build awareness and knowledge on hazards and risks for effective planning and action (at community and school level)

  • Include DRR focus in sector-wide plan & fast track initiative & add DRR as school inspection & classification criteria

  • Make DRR funds available at school and community level

  • Involve education actors (teacher unions and education coalitions) and other sectors

  • Reinforce the important role of local government (decentralisation with authority)

  • Review and create awareness around building codes

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Thank you for your attention

[email protected]

Jo

www.actionaid.org


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