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2. Pedro Basabe Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools-IDRC August 2014


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5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice 24-28 August 2014 in Davos, Switzerland

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2. Pedro Basabe Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools-IDRC August 2014

  1. 1. Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools
  2. 2. Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools By Pedro Basabe, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) In support of the objectives of the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector International Disaster Reduction Conference (IDRC) 27 August 2014, Davos, Switzerland
  3. 3. Why is school safety a priority ?  Growing exposure and vulnerability of critical facilities – including schools - to disasters  School safety is a moral imperative Nobody wants to see children perish under the collapse of weak school infrastructures due to disasters  Community resilience School children represent an opportunity to educate their family and community on how to reduce the risk of and be more resilient to disasters  School safety is becoming a growing political priority Governments want to protect investments in critical public infrastructure, such as schools, so to invest in “resilient societies”.
  4. 4. International commitments to school safety  UNGA Resolution A/C.2/68/L.39 of 7 November 2013 recognizes Global Platforms outcomes  2009 & 2011 Second Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction: By 2011 national assessments of the safety of existing education and health facilities. By 2015 concrete action plans for safer schools and hospitals should be developed and implemented in all disaster prone countries.  High-Level Dialogue Communiqué of the 2013 Fourth Session of the Global Platform calls to: “Start a global safe schools and safe health structures campaign in disaster- prone areas with voluntary funding and commitments to be announced at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015.  As the organizer of the Global Platforms, UNISDR has the mandate and responsibility to ensure effective implementation of Global Platforms’ outcomes UNISDR will ensure that a global holistic initiative for school safety is presented at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015 -
  5. 5. What is a Safe School ? The Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector and the Comprehensive School Safety Framework define a “safe school” as combining ALL of the following three components:  Safe School Facilities (build disaster-resilient school infrastructure) School Disaster Management (preparing schools to disaster situations)  DRR Education (integrating disaster risk reduction into school curriculum) School Preparedness SAFE SCHOOLS Global Programme for School Safety Structural Safety Curriculum Integration Diagram: The Global Programme for School Safety will promote action on all three pillars of school safety to ensure every new school is safe as of 2016
  6. 6. The Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools In Brief Unique global umbrella partnership programme for safe school implementation globally. Objective: • Development of national strategies for safe schools around the three key pillars of school safety. • Integration of school safety as part of existing national education plans / policies or DRR national strategies. • Effective global, regional and national coordination in support of Governments’ implementation. Focus: High risk and low capacity countries Timeframe: Jan 2014 – Jan 2016  Create social demand for school safety.  Give visibility to countries’ and partners’ achievements.  At WCDRR countries commit to every new school being “safe”.  Create political momentum for commitment to a post- 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
  7. 7. Modalities: Governments are leading action to implement safe school at the national level The following partners are supporting requesting Governments with technical expertise as required around the three pillars of school safety: • Structural Safety – GFDRR/World Bank, UNESCO, UNOPS and other actors with national level implementation capacity • Disaster Risk Reduction integration into school curricula – UNESCO, UNICEF, Save The Children • Disaster Preparedness in Schools - Save the Children, Plan International, IFRC • Building Political Advocacy and Commitment for safe schools and WISS globally – UNISDR The Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools In Brief
  8. 8. WISS Expected outcomes • At least 10 Governments engage as "Safe School Leaders" and commit political support and financial resources at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) to make every new school safe from disasters as of 2016, either domestically or through technical support to other countries.  Governments make school safety a priority as part of their national education plan and national development strategy.  10,000 schools are effectively assessed through partners’ mutually supportive assessment applications and methodologies and school children and student’s mobilization and involvement.  The WISS is effectively delivered on the ground through partners’ projects implementation and effective coordination
  9. 9. •At the international level, school safety appears as a priority as part of:  Regional Platforms’ political declarations  Preparatory Committees to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction  World Conference’s political outcome  Post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. •Regional partners support the development of tools and standards for school safety : ASEAN School Safety Initiative, CDEMA Certification •School safety progress is effectively tracked down and reported against through a common global digital / web-based monitoring platform WISS Expected outcomes
  10. 10. Latest Developments 1. Turkey offered to host the first meeting of Safe Schools Leaders, 30-31 October 2014, Istanbul, Turkey 2. Governments who committed to support WISS and safe school implementation globally include: Philippines, New Zealand, China, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, Ecuador, 3. Others who expressed interest include: Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, India, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Japan, Australia 4. School safety emerges as a priority from the first Preparatory Committee discussions and Regional Platforms outcomes
  11. 11. 5. Special session allocated to the announcement of safe schools commitments as part of official discussions of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (14-18 March 2015, Sendai, Japan) 6. Reference to safe schools as part of the Disaster Risk Reduction workshop at the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (10-11 Nov 2014, Nagoia, Japan) 7. Call for voluntary commitments to safe schools as part of the World Conference on DRR’s website ( and to become Safe Schools Leaders Latest Developments (Cont’d)
  12. 12. The following presentations will provide an illustration of partners’ support to Governments according to the three pilllars of school safety in the context of the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools For more information on the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools Please contact Christel Rose, UNISDR – – Tel: +41 22 917 8355. Thank you !
  13. 13. SAFE SCHOOLS, RESILIENT STUDENTS “Skills for Life”
  14. 14. City of Duque de Caxias. Location: Region Metropolitan of Rio de Janeiro. Population: 855. 048 hab.​​ Area: 467.619 km ². HDI: 0.753 (RJ: 52) - PNUD/2000 Defence Civil Secretariat: Cel. Marcello Silva Costa Main Economic Activities: Industry and Trade . Introduction
  15. 15. • Safe School - Risk Map of Schools • Methodology for Resilient students; • Web network of Students: Civil Defense Teen and Kid • Monitors trained per class • Cross-Sectional Methods: History, Portuguese, Geography and Risk Perception; • Methods of evacuation of the school Methodology
  16. 16. Quilt resilience. Life begins every day (Wall made by the students of the schools)​​
  17. 17. Exercice – Evacuation
  18. 18. Results Achieved STATISTICAL REPORT OF EVACUATION IN SIMULATED DESIGN: SAFE SCHOOLS, STUDENTS RESILIENT. 4.397 Participants 14 Schools Statics Schooll Date Simulate Number Student Number of teacher TOTAL NUMBER OF PARCICIPANTs TIME E. M. Paulo Rodrigues Pereira 8/23/13 11 turmas – 272 alunos 36 308 1min30seg E. M. Márcio Fiat 8/30/13 08 turmas – 180 alunos 24 204 1min20seg E. M. Brasília 9/6/13 07 turmas – 165 alunos 25 190 E. M. Dr. Ely Combat 9/6/13 10 turmas – 302 alunos 30 332 1min40seg CIEP 220 Yolanda Borges 13/09/2013 Escola 10 turmas – 300 alunos 40 340 4min30seg - ESCOLA e CRECHE (2 a 4 anos) Creche 06 turmas – 105 alunos 30 135 E. M. Sete de Setembro 9/20/13 06 turmas – 130 alunos 21 151 1min30seg E. M. José Medeiros Cabral 10/25/13 12 turmas – 258 alunos 31 289 1min50seg E. M. Prof. Nilcelina dos Santos Ferreira 10/25/13 12 turmas – 305 alunos 25 330 1min20seg E. M. FN Eduardo Gomes 11/1/13 8 turmas – 230 alunos 18 248 2min20seg E.M. Vilmar Bastos 11/8/13 9 turmas - 260 alunos 31 291 1min40seg E.M. Alberto Santos Dumont 11/14/13 3 turmas - 77 alunos 14 91 1min04seg E.M. Sônia Regina Scudese 11/22/13 4 turmas - 94 alunos 14 108 1min40seg I.E. Governador Roberto Silveira 1200 180 1380 3min08seg TOTAL 3878 alunos 519 4397
  19. 19. ‘Skills for life” • The effective response to disasters is not something that happens naturally. The response is a product of knowledge, preparation, training • • Brazil – Rio de Janeiro