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Sharing best practices on school safety: A multi-stakeholder approach

Published: 6 October 2016 15:37 CET

By Angeline Tandiono, IFRC

Earlier this month, active stakeholders in school safety across Southeast Asia gathered in Thailand to exchange knowledge and share best practices on school safety. The Southeast Asia Regional Lessons Learnt Workshop on School Safety Initiative and School-Based Disaster Risk Reduction was organized in Bangkok by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in collaboration with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as part of the ASEAN Safe School Initiative (ASSI) and in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Coalition for School Safety (APCSS).

With participants from the Southeast Asia Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, government agencies such as Ministry of Education and National Disaster Management Agencies, international NGOs and private sector, the workshop aimed to identify the key learning points for further interventions in school safety and what can be collectively achieved through collaboration among various stakeholders.

“It only takes one disaster to realize how we can fail dramatically, and it is an adequate warning for all of us to take this seriously. I’m happy to see this is being realized globally and regionally. That is why we work together. We complement each other,” said Marwan Jilani, the Head of IFRC Bangkok Country Cluster Support Team.

In line with the Comprehensive School Safety framework which focuses on safe learning facilities, school disaster management as well as risk reduction and resilience education, the event connected the discussions of policy with the practical successes, challenges and recommendations of implementation.

Several cross-cutting issues were also widely discussed, such as considerations of gender and diversity, mapping and advocacy as well as coordination among different stakeholders both at regional and national levels. A good example of a multi-stakeholder partnership was presented from Thailand, where Thai Red Cross Society, private sector, national government agencies and the national school safety network as well as Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) all work together in strong collaboration for school safety.

Several Red Cross Red Crescent societies from the region also shared their good practices in school safety, highlighting the role of youth engagement in school safety initiatives. Through one million volunteers and four million youth in Southeast Asia, Red Cross Red Crescent societies have potential to scale up these initiatives.

To learn more about Red Cross Red Crescent school based risk reduction in Southeast Asia, please click here.




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