NDMA’s Pakistan School Safety Framework Pilot Programme enters into 3rd phase of Implementation
Islamabad: 16th December 2016
While December 16th is commemorated for the victims of Army Public School attack in 2014 National Disaster Management Authority moves forward in the final phase of its pilot programme for School Safety. Pakistan School safety Framework pilot programme aims to implement school safety in all schools of Pakistan in order to prepare effectively against natural or man-made hazards. Total 68 schools were selected including both public and private schools with mutual consultation of education departments and secretariats of the Private School Systems. NDMA in collaboration with UNICEF and British Council has already completed the first phase of Pakistan School Safety Pilot Programme in which 30 aster trainers were trained at Lahore. In the Second Phase, 209 teachers from each of the nominated 68 schools were trained by the Master Trainers and equipped with thorough knowledge and practical exercises pertaining to school safety.The third phase of the Pilot Programme is in progress till January 2017 in which the trained teachers will further develop respective school safety plan, raise School Safety Organisations, undertake the self-assessment of the School Safety Standards in accordance with Pakistan School Safety Framework and also prepare school community for response against disasters in respective schools. The evaluation on the implementation of the plan will be monitored by the team of evaluators along with NDMA representatives in February 2017. The Comprehensive School Safety Framework when finalized will provide a much needed direction for disaster risk management in all type of schools.