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Safe Schools in Southeast Asia

Overview

A large majority of deaths due to disaster, or around 80%, happen in Asia alone and children are the most affected population. In Southeast Asia, 9 in every 10 children spend half of their waking hours in school and oftentimes, school facilities are not capable of withstanding disasters. This set of publications aims to guide governments and organisations how to make schools safer for children.

Documents available for download:

1. ASEAN Common Framework on School Safety
2. Rollout Manual for Operationalisation
3. School Disaster Risk Management Guidelines
4. ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative: A Compilation of Case Studies

ASEAN Common Framework on School Safety

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Safe Schools Initiative, or ASSI, developed the ASEAN Common Framework on School Safety (ACFCSS), a regional framework to enhance school safety against the adverse impacts of natural and man-made hazards for ASEAN nations. This framework has been operationalised in 10 ASEAN nations and is aimed to create a safe and secure learning environment for children.

This framework comes with a roll-out manual for its operationalization.

School Disaster Risks Management Guidelines

These guidelines were developed by the ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative (ASSI) through a series of national and regional consultations with key Ministry of Education (MOE) and National Disaster Management Offices (NDMO) from 10 AMSs. The guidelines are aimed to support school-based risk assessment and planning, educational continuity planning, and development of response skills (such as temporary and locally-built learning facilities). These guide teachers and students to the 5 steps to achieving comprehensive school safety: 1) know your risks, 2) plan for safety and educational continuity, 3) implement you plan, 4) monitor and evaluate your plan and 5) share, reach out, and advocate. They also recommend associated tools for each step.

ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative: A Compilation of Case Studies

“I am responsible for telling other students to watch their steps when crossing the bridge so they will not slip and fall into the water," said a student in a Cambodian floating school. Testimonials showing students' improved understanding of hazards and disaster risks are something that we all can learn from. This book is a compilation of case studies from 6 ASEAN countries that discuss ASSI’s good practices and key learnings in implementing comprehensive school safety framework (CSSF). This compiles stories in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand.

Executive Summary

Safe Schools in Southeast Asia

A large majority of deaths due to disaster, or around 80%, happen in Asia alone and children are the most affected population. In Southeast Asia, 9 in every 10 children spend half of their waking hours in school and oftentimes, school facilities are not capable of withstanding disasters.

This set of publications aims to guide governments and organisations how to make schools safer for children.

  • ASEAN Common Framework for School Safety
  • Rollout Manual for Operationalisation
  • School Disaster Risks Management Guidelines
  • ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative: A Compilation of Case Studies