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Quarterly Newsletter

January 2017
Working to ensure all schools are safe from disaster risks and all learners live in a culture of safety. 
The Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction & Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES) is composed of the leading humanitarian and development organizations working in the education sector around the world. Our work strives to enhance a global culture of safety and resilience by strengthening global coordination, increasing knowledge, and advocating on risk reduction education and safety in the education sector.  For more information, please visit the GADRRRES website.
Table of Contents
Upcoming Events
February 14-15
ASEAN Regional Conference on School Safety -  Bangkok, Thailand
March 6-10
UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: The Role of Education - Ottawa, Canada.  Read more here.
May 22-26
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction - Cancun, Mexico.  Read more here.
Planning is underway for GADRRRES participation at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico in May 2017The following is an update of planning progress made thus far and future planning needs.  Please email with any updates or additional events not listed in the categories below.
  • Pre-meetings: The following requests have been made for meeting spaces on May 22-23 (not to conflict with each other).  Please email Marla with any additional pre-meetings.
    • GADRRRES Meeting (2 hours)
    • APCSS, LAC & other regional platform meetings (2 hours with large shared room)
    • C-CDRR/CSS Researchers & Practitioners Meeting
  • Side event concept notes submitted: (will be notified in February and then share relevant concept notes to consult with GADRRRES Steering Committee) Please email Marla if any additional side event concept notes have been submitted.
    • WISS (by Lisa Bender for GADRRRES)
    • Safer School Construction (by Kate McFarlane on behalf of large group)
    • Private Sector/NGO partnerships for home school/community DRR (by Marla Petal on behalf of larger group)
    • C-CDRR/CSS Research/Policy/Practice (by Dr. Kevin Ronan on behalf of larger research partners)
  • Participation in main session planning groups:
    • Several GADRRRES members are participating for Target #4 Critical Infrastructure (Sanjaya Bhatia leading: Jair, Rebekah, Kate, Marla)
    • Sendai Framework/SDG Indicators (Marla)
    • Community Resilience (IFRC)
    • Inclusive/People-Centered DRR (IFRC)
  • CSS/WISS & C-CDRR Joint Advocacy work:
    • GADRRRES + Children in a Changing Climate Coalition (CCCC) / based especially on AMCDRR work (Peuvchenda Bun, Nghia Trong, Jess Cooke, Jacobo Ocharan, Antony Spalton)
    • Update WISS Technical package as compiled last year (Hannah Poquette leading to gather all inputs)
  • Marketplace:
    • Application (Lisa/Hannah, Hannah Poquette leading to gather all inputs)
  • Child/youth participation:
    • CCCC with Children & Youth Stakeholders Group
Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools
Current WISS Champion Countries
The Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) will continue work with Safe Schools Leaders in 2017.  The current list of countries who have committed to WISS as a Safe Schools Leader include:
Costa Rica
I.R. Iran
South Africa
St Vincent & the Grenadines

For additional information on the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools, please refer to the WISS informational document and the WISS Action Plan developed at the Second Meeting of Safe School Leaders in Tehran in 2015.
Comprehensive School Safety (CSS)
CSS Project and Policy Mapping
Through funding from the Global Facility of Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), Save the Children is undertaking two baseline research projects:
  • Mapping national-level policies advancing Comprehensive School Safety
  • Mapping projects advancing Comprehensive School Safety (CSS) – this primarily includes Save the Children projects but is also open to other organisations who would like to share their work
Both mapping projects are aligned to the CSS Targets and Indicators and can be used to chart progress in advancing CSS. The data collected under the policy mapping can be used to report against WISS to GADRRRES and there is opportunity to use the survey as an ongoing monitoring tool for national governments on CSS and WISS. The data collected under the project mapping will be used to showcase good practice in CSS programming with case studies being shared widely through the GADRRRES network. Read more here. To conduct the CSS Project and Policy Mapping, we need your help to contact the Ministry of Education in several countries.  Please email Kate McFarlane at if you have contacts in the MoE in any of the following countries:
WISS Leader countries:
  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Madagascar
  • Nigeria
Other countries:
  • Angola
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Mauritius
  • Lesotho
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
 Save the Children and Risk RED are implementing a research project to document good examples in CSS policy.  We'd like to invite all GADRRRES members to provide feedback on the CSS Policy Case Studies Template and Guidance available here.

Please send your feedback to:,
The following initial set of 9 case studies are under development:
  • Pillar 1:   
    • China: Retrofitting and reconstruction of safe schools
    • Uzbekistan & Armenia: Seismic assessment of schools in post-Soviet states
    • Uttar Pradesh: Safe school construction and mason training
  • Pillar 2:   
    • California & Los Angeles Unified School District: Standard Emergency Management Systems and drills
    • Philippines: Children in Emergencies Act
    • Iran: School drills
  • Pillar 3:  
    • Cuba: Environmental education
    • South Korea: Traffic safety
    • Georgia: Head of Class Hour program
 The intention is that beyond this initial set of 9 case studies, GADRRRES members can use the CSS Policy Case Studies Template and Guidance in collaboration with one another to develop additional case studies for this series.
A common graphic design template will be proposed to showcase the case studies, both as a GADRRRES collaborative product as well as acknowledging authors and sponsors, and can be used to continue work on this series.
CSS Assessment Suite information and projects
The CSS Assessment Suite Backgrounder document and PowerPoint presentation are available here.
A School Safety Self-Assessment Survey pilot implementation project is underway in Lao PDR. Additional pilots are planned for Fiji and Mexico in 2017. For further information please contact
The VISUS pilot implementation project has been completed in Italy, El Salvador, and Lao PDR. Current pilot implementation projects are underway in Indonesia and Peru. An additional pilot is planned for Haiti in 2017. For further information please contact  Read more here.
C-CDRR and CSS Research Scoping
Save the Children, in cooperation with Professor Kevin Ronan and with support from C&A, will be undertaking baseline work for research into C-CDRR & CSS. This will include:
  • Providing a live, crowd-sourced bibliography on Child-Centered DRR (C-CDRR) and Comprehensive School Safety (CSS) research
  • Compiling a resource list of C-CDRR / CSS researchers
  • Compiling a scoping study of C-CDRR / CSS research currently underway by GADRRRES members and researchers globally
  • Producing a discussion document / draft research framework to support the application of knowledge-into-practice for C-CDRR and CSS
  • Beginning the process of identifying research gaps and priorities with GADRRRES members (including practitioners) and researchers
  • Providing a template and guidance for GADRRRES CSS policy case studies (and summaries) with inputs from GADRRRES Members
  • Providing a template for GADRRRES research-into-practice briefs (and summaries) with inputs from GADRRRES Members
  • Providing a template for GADRRRES CSS practice case studies (and summaries) with inputs from GADRRRES Members
GADRRRES Youtube channel development
A GADRRRES Youtube channel is being created to serve as a centralized resource for videos on DRR and education.  Videos that address any of the following topics are now being collected for inclusion in the channel:
  • Disaster Impacts on Education
  • Education Sector DRR Policies
  • Safer School Construction
  • School Disaster Management
  • Risk Reduction and Resilience Education
Members are invited to submit their best videos on any of the above topics.  Please contact Hannah Poquette at with information on your video.
Updated version of the CSSF now available
The 2017 version of the CSS Framework can be found on the GADRRRES website or on in the Educational Materials Collection on Prevention Web.  The new version has been updated to align the CSS Framework with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Education sector needs and priorities identified from research and advocacy efforts have also been updated.  The new version of the CSS Framework will soon be available in Spanish, French, Arabic, and Nepali.
For those wishing to obtain the Microsoft Word version for translation, kindly contact Hannah Poquette at  If you would like to obtain the original, editable design documents for your graphic designer, please also contact Hannah for the DropBox link.
Regional Updates
Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR)
The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016 (AMCDRR) was held on November 3, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Organized by APCSS, school safety was addressed in Thematic Session 5, “Promoting educational continuity and resilience of children and community through increasing child-focused Comprehensive School Safety in different contexts and innovative educational solutions”. 
The thematic event promoted the implementation of CSS and children’s participation in DRR and provided the opportunity for at-risk countries to share Child-Centered DRR initiatives and models at the sub-national level.  The event also contributed to the inclusion of safe school implementation in the outcome documents of the AMCDRR. Read more here.

ASSI Participation in the AMCDRR
ASSI also participated in the AMCDRR, collaborating with UNICEF to prepare the participation of Indonesia’s Ministry of Education at the 5th Thematic Session.  Indonesia’s experiences in school safety were shared and the AADMER Work Programme was discussed as the guiding document to implement ASSI over the next five years. Read more about ASSI’s participation in AMCDRR here.
The Round Table on Comprehensive School Safety in South Asia: Concepts, Framework, and Implementation was convened August 24-25, 2016 in Kathmandu.   Hosted by UNICEF ROSA, the event brought together DRR in education organizations and agencies to discuss experiences implementing school safety, and to facilitate coordination and promotion of an integrated approach toward ensuring safe and resilient learning environments for children in South Asia. Read more here.
Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management
The Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management 2016 was held October 24-26 in Suva, Fiji.  The Plenary Session on Pacific Coalition for School Safety and the High-level Meeting on Safe Schools and the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools were hosted by Save the Children, UNISDR, and the Pacific Coalition for the Advancement of School Safety (PCASS). 

The regional workshop provided a window of opportunity for active exchanges on DRR in education issues among Pacific Island Countries.  It was particularly successful due to the presence for the first time ever of three Ministers of Education, those from Fiji, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.  Also joining these Ministers were education officials from Papua New Guinea and Samoa.
Commitments were made by the governments of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu to be School Safety Champions for the Pacific region and School Safety Leaders as part of WISS.  Read more
The ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative, an ASEAN government-led safe school initiative, has developed the ASEAN Common Framework on School Safety (ACFCSS), a SEA regional framework to enhance school safety against the adverse impacts of natural and man-made hazards for ASEAN nations.

The implementation of this framework in 10 ASEAN nations is aimed to create a safe and secure learning environment for children. This framework also comes with a roll-out manual to support its operationalization. For more information, please click here.
ASSI CSS Mapping in the Education Sector
ASSI has conducted surveys in the SEA region to document initiatives and policies addressing CSS and DRR in the education sector. For more information on this and other updates from ASSI, please click here, or contact Nadia Pulmano at
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,” a student in a Cambodian floating school said.
This is one of the testimonials showing a student’s improved understanding of hazards and disaster risk, demonstrating an example of what we can all learn from students in these case studies. This book is a compilation of six ASEAN country case studies that discuss ASSI’s good practices and key findings in implementing the Comprehensive School Safety Framework (CSSF). The stories have been collected from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand. For more information, please click here.
Latin America and the Caribbean
The Regional Meeting on Education and Disaster Risk Management was held October 26-27, 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. UNESCO hosted the event in the framework of a Regional DIPECHO project for Latin America in consortium with Save the Children and Plan International. 
Key components discussed at the meeting include the creation of a 4th overarching pillar in the CSS addressing policies and sector plans.  Proposals to improve the response and support provided to new countries committing to WISS were discussed, and a new action plan for 2017-18 was created in line with the CSS Framework.  Read more here.
A document and video have recently been published by the Ministry of Education in Chile highlighting work done with support from UNESCO to restore normal education conditions in communities affected by the floods in March 2015 in the north of Chile. Information has been gathered on actions by students, teaching staff, principals, local authorities, and communities in undertaking the plan entitled “Atacama ¡volvió a clases!” (Atacama is back in school!) that emerged after the disaster and helped to get children back to school.
The plan allowed students to return to classes in a short timeframe and has provided a context that strengthens community disaster preparation.  It is seen as a successful model that can be shared with other countries that face similar challenges.  For more information, please click here.
Africa Regional DRR Platform
The 6th Session of the Africa Regional DRR Platform was held in Mauritius, November 22-24, 2016.  The Platform sought to review progress made in implementing the Sendai Framework in Africa, finalize and adopt the Africa Program of Action as the strategic plan for implementing the Sendai Framework, and agree on the Africa position for the May 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Mexico. 
Several achievements in furthering the Comprehensive School Safety Framework were noted throughout the event.  A main output of the Platform was the Program of Action, bringing together the priorities and actions to be undertaken by all stakeholders involved in DRR in Africa.  Included in this document are clear references to Comprehensive School Safety and the need for DRR to be incorporated into the education system.  Read more here.
CSS Pillar Updates
Pillar 1 - Safe Learning Facilities
"Toward Safer School Construction" videos and website resources
With funding support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), Save the Children led the development of educational videos and a newly launched website providing resources on community-based Safer School Construction. 
The videos share main messages about the process of working with the community in Safer School Construction projects, and the website includes case studies, helpful publications, and tools on Pillar 1 - Safe Learning Facilities. Both the website and videos use plain language and are translated into Spanish, French, Arabic, and Nepali.
  Read more here.
Pillar 1 - Safe Learning Facilities Training
Training on Pillar 1 - Safer School Facilities will be held in Bangkok February 8-10, 2017 and will include training for INGO staff on non-technical aspects of Safer School Facilities.  For more information on the Safe Learning Facilities Training, please visit the GADRRRES website or contact Kate McFarlane at
Pillar 2 - School Disaster Management
School Disaster Management Guidelines for Southeast Asia
The School Disaster Risk Management 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 the development of response skills (such as temporary and locally built learning facilities). They provide teachers and students with 5 steps to achieving Comprehensive School Safety:
  1. Know your risks
  2. Plan for safety and educational continuity
  3. Implement your plan
  4. Monitor and evaluate your plan and
  5. Share, reach out, and advocate.
The Guidelines also recommend associated tools for each step. For more information, please click here.
Policy and Advocacy
Incorporating Disaster Risk into Education Sector Analysis and Planning:
Case studies from South Sudan and Uganda
Two case studies have been developed by IIEP-UNESCO, UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), and Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) outlining the experiences of South Sudan and Uganda in addressing conflict and disaster risk through education.  

Both case studies provide concrete examples and detailed accounts of steps taken to address conflict and disaster risks through education policy and planning as well as capacity building in the education sector.  The case studies also include key lessons learned and can be used by education stakeholders to guide similar work in other countries. The case studies are available at the following links:
Read more here.
Additional CSS-Related News
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