TO improve the safety and preparedness of school during calamities, the Department of Education forged partnership with a children’s rights group and a foundation to establish a comprehensive program.
The DepEd, Save the Children Philippines and Prudence Foundation for the Education Safe from Disasters Program recently launched the program which aims to transform national systems and help reduce the risks of natural and human-induced hazards to children.
“Safety is everyone’s job. In the Department of Education, we have worked hard on mainstreaming the Comprehensive School Safety Framework into the education system which aims to strengthen the pillars of safe learning facilities, school disaster management, and risk reduction and resilience education for schools,” DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua said.
With the theme “Developing an Ecosystem for Comprehensive School Safety in the Philippines,” the program shall build an enabling environment that will empower all stakeholders to realize the goals of the Comprehensive School Safety Framework (CSSF)–a global framework aimed at reducing risks from hazards throughout the education sector by addressing the stated three pillars of school safety.
Save the Children Philippines welcomes partnership with the Department of Education and Prudence Foundation in strengthening safety in schools as millions of children face risks of injury, psychosocial trauma and deaths during disasters and emergencies.
The three year project improves the capacity of learners, teachers, schools staff and officials on disaster preparedness and risk reduction. It also integrates safety and disaster resiliency in the construction and retrofitting of school buildings.
The program will be pilot tested in 16 schools division in Metro Manila.