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NDMA tests new school safety framework

ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has started testing a new safety framework at 68 public and private sector schools across the country.

The purpose of the pilot project is to identify challenges in the implementation of the framework and to modify it to make it more effective and workable.

The NDMA had signed a joint work plan with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in November last year to enhance disaster preparedness, response and recovery with a special focus on children.

The Gender and Child Cell of the NDMA, with the support of Unicef and the British Council, pursued the Pakistan School Safety Framework to be ready for effective and efficient response against natural and manmade disasters.

The framework was developed after national-level consultative meetings with government and private sector stakeholders and was reviewed by international consultants.

A consensus was developed in the final national consultative meeting in August that it should be pre-tested through a pilot project whose findings should be reviewed at another meeting to refine the framework before its implementation.

The schools were selected through the involvement of the education departments and secretariats of the private school systems.

From amongst these schools, nominations were obtained for teachers to be trained by expert trainers on school safety.

During the first phase of the pilot project, a core group of 30 members was trained in Lahore as master school trainers and quality supervisors.

In the second phase, the group is responsible for training three teachers and a head teacher from each of the nominated schools.

The four-day training session was completed in Quetta on Nov 25 and in Lahore on Tuesday. It commenced in Gilgit-Baltistan on Tuesday and will conclude on Dec 2. It will be followed by training in Islamabad and Karachi from Dec 5 to 8 and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from Dec 7 to 10.

The trainers will also train officers of the district education, building and fire departments and police in carrying out evaluation of schools.

courtesy: dawn news



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