At schools, children are always at risk of receiving more harm than others during ecological and man-made disasters. 

Around 18000 children died and thousands more got injured while attending schools in the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir.

Millions suffered because of torrential rains and floods in the past four years.

Due to several factors, children across the country have become more vulnerable to dangers and risks.

Research suggests that most risks faced by children at schools are caused by decisions taken by elders including their parents, teachers and government officials. Communication can play an important role in addressing these risks by bridging information, skills and motivational gaps.

That is why, PCDC has designed this training workshop to engage all stakeholders and sensitize them about safety and security concerns of children at schools.

The training aims to enhance understanding and capacities of parents, teachers, community leaders and government officials to identify risks and hazards to children at education institutions; and develop plans to deal effectively with them.

  • Additionally, the training enhances coordination between various actors in the community to improve situation of child safety at schools and take more actions for the future.
  • This training is effective to unite and raise awareness on hazards, disaster risk, emergency preparedness and response planning at the community level.
  • It can increase commitment and concerted actions for local or school based disaster-risk reduction strategies.

During the training, participants identify various risk reduction measures that can be undertaken for fire, rains, floods, landslides, earthquake and tsunami.

The training aims to enhance understanding and capacities of parents, teachers, community leaders and government officials to identify risks and hazards to children at education institutions; and develop plans to deal effectively with them.

Training Sessions

Session 1

  • What is a disaster?
  • How disasters affect communities and individuals?
  • Reasons for vulnerability of schools and children during disasters from global disaster reports/research
  • Characteristics of disaster resilient school
  • Who is responsible for making schools resilient against disasters?
  • Important aspects of DRR in schools
  • How communication can improve response to disasters at schools

Session 2

  • What are Hazards? – Types of Hazards
  • Definition and explanations of hazards
  • Different types of hazards around the world and in Pakistan
  • Rights of children for safety and security
  • Reasons to assess local hazards
  • How schools are affected by hazards?

Session 3

  • Role of communities and local authorities in DRR for schools
  • Importance of community and government participation in DRR
  • Forecasting and precautions
  • Sharing knowledge and insights
  • Social mobilization and resource planning Monitoring and evaluations
  • linkages building for support and sustainability

Session 4

  • How communities can reduce risks and hazards from disasters in schools
  • Need for DRR planning in schools
  • Roles and responsibilities of School Management Committee
  • Resources required to make schools disasters resilient

Session 5

  • How to assess school’s vulnerability?
  • Techniques to educate children about hazards mapping of their school
  • How to identify present hazards to schools
  • What is the current preparedness level against hazard in the schools and in communities?
  • How to identify vulnerable locations at school?
  • Who should be responsible to mitigate risks for the schools?
  • How to involve government into it?

Session 6

  • How to build a capacity building and resource mobilization plan to reduce risks faced by the school?
  • Roles and responsibilities of SMCs
  • How to write a hazard and vulnerability mitigation plan for school
  • How to share the plan with vulnerable children and communities
  • How to monitor progress on implementation of school resilience plan
  • How to learn from evaluation of school resilience plan and use that learning?

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This training is useful for students, parents, teachers, school administrators, local government officials, emergency responders.

DURATION

Two Days