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           DRR thru Schools Project at a glance

• Multi-country project to reduce vulnerability through HFA
  implementation in 9 countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Malawi,
  Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, DRC, Haiti)

• Safe schoolchildren, communities & school buildings through
  knowledge, education and action on risk and hazards at local to
  national and international level - rooted in community

• International reach through UNISDR, inter-agency group, and Global
  Network of CSOs on DRR

• Primary stakeholders: Over 60 schools in selected districts in the 9
  countries – over 15,000 pupils and 300 teachers, and 80,000
  community members
Community organisation around schools for disaster prevention,
mitigation, preparedness and vulnerability reduction

  •Disaster Risk management committees all seven countries
  •Natural resources management clubs in Malawi
  •Strengthening of existing community groups e,g Bangladesh
  •Emergency funds created by DMCs in Nepal
  •PVA action plans in all groups
Safer school initiatives across all countries

Retrofitting work in Nepal
Safer community initiatives

• Examples includes:
   – Schools as cyclone shelters in

   – Flood control activities around
     schools in Malawi (eg dredging of   River de-silting in Malawi; a community
     silted river beds                   activity inline with PVA community action

   – Access bridges during floods

                                         A low cost bridge built to ease access to
                                         school in Bangladesh
Children as DRR agents
            DRR integrated in education curriculum

• Local curriculum for local risks

• Engagement with education and
  other actors for DRR in
  education curriculum

• Kenya , Nepal and India
                               National Policy work

•   Support for institutional frameworks eg National Platforms (Kenya, Malawi)

•   “the Haitian Government Preparedness Actions for the hurricane season 2009” took place
    on June 6th, 2009 in Saint-François d’Assise High school. The prime minister with three
    other ministers (Agriculture, Environment and Infrastructure) and more than 200 civil
    society representatives took part where the Haitian government announced its plan for the
    current hurricane season as well as the Haitian Risks and Disasters policy

•   DRR in education curricula( Kenya , Nepal , India )

•   Building codes & safer schools – Advocacy for structural changes to be
                                           Engaging in the HFA implementation

•   India : State incorporates Community actions in contingency planning
•   Nepal : involved in the NAPA process
•   Kenya : Co facilitated the setting up on the national platform and involved in the validation
    of the National DM Policy
•   Malawi : PVA training given to government officials

Influencing by demonstration, using the experience of people to understand policy and big
- Community priorities in district plans
- Developing the State Relief codes
- Partners lobby for corrective action and compensation for disaster victims
- Women’s empowerment and representation
- CDMCS involved in relief operations
Children doing
                                                     What is PVA?

• a systematic process that involves communities and other
  stakeholders in an in-depth analysis of their vulnerability
• empowers or motivates communities to take appropriate actions

PVA: Role in DRR Schools project
• LOCAL: schools as focal points for PVA
• DISTRICT: learning from PVA to influence all schools
• NATIONAL: networking and advocacy will take forward PVA
  learning to change policy
• INTERNATIONAL: learning to influence programme design and
  policies internationally
Identify what capacity they need and build capacities of community to engage beyond
   immediate emergencies to influence government for community focused adaptation

 “This meeting has afforded us the opportunity to sit and plan and also prepare
  ourselves towards any impending disaster. I am happy that our community through
  this committee is now taking issues of disaster seriously and we are all trying in our
  own small way to work to prevent any disaster. We have had a bitter experience in
  the recent past and will not sit and watch it happen to us again. We have begun the
  campaign against flood disaster and its related hazards and we hope to continue
  with the sensitization till we get our compatriots behave responsibly”.

Evelyn Achanga a mother of four and member of the Fumbisi DRR community committee,

•   Inadequate awareness on HFA- need to simplify

•   Crucial role of local government as interface with communities

•   Potential of education to reach out to other sectors

•   Potential role of children as agents of change

•   Need for participatory vulnerability analysis at community and other levels

•   Need to build bottom-up demand for local level advocacy and accountability

•   Need to advocate for legitimising of CDMCs
•   Need to integrate DRR and Development both organisationally and in
    government policies
•   Need to retain DRR capacities
•   Need to have monitoring indicators

 Thank you for your attention

        Megh R Rai
    DRRS Policy Adviser
   ActionAid International



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