Reducing vulnerability of school children to earthquakes

This publication not only summarizes the good practices and lessons learned from the project countries but also highlights the task ahead to up-scale from model projects to countrywide activities on school safety. The project on "Reducing Vulnerability of School Children to Earthquake" under the School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) is an example of how different stakeholders can be involved in implementing this message. The experience is unique in two aspects: First, the project is comprehensive and includes components of school retrofitting, disaster education, capacity building of communities and dissemination. Secondly, the implementing partners in each country represented various backgrounds; Government agency in Fiji, NPO in India, academic institute in Indonesia and semi-public agency in Uzbekistan, and multi-stakeholders collaboration ensured in its implementation, all stages from conceptualization of the project to realization in the field, involving local governments.

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