July 24, 2019
To strengthen the establishment of ASEAN community of practices in Disaster Risk Reduction in Education sector, on 19 July 2019, the ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative (ASSI) conducted its second webinar. This webinar brought up an important topic for children participation in school safety: Child-centred Risk Assessment. This time around, ASSI collaborated with the Asia Pacific Coalition for School Safety (APCSS, in short) presented 4 topics: 1) child-focused risk assessment by Ms. Meimei Leung, the Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs (HEA) Director of the Asia Pacific Regional office – World Vision; 2) Visual Inspection for defining the Safety Upgrading Strategies for School Safety (VISUS) methodology for assessing schools facilities by Mr. Ardito Kodijat, the Professional Officer of UNESCO Office, Jakarta; 3) Latest implementation of the CSS Assessment Suite non-technical tools in Southeast Asia and the Pacific by Mr. Suha Ulgen, the Senior Advisor of RiskRed; and 4) social risks identification in schools in the Philippines by Ms. Suzette T. Gannaban, Chief Administrative Officer, the Philippines’ Department of Education, Mimaropa Region.
Moderated by Mr. Nghia Trinh, the Regional Safe Schools Coordinator, Plan International Asia which is the APCSS Secretariat, the webinar was virtually joined by more than 40 participants from Government Offices (including Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Lao PDR, NDMO Brunei Darussalam, NDMO from Bogor Indonesia), consortium partners and practitioners (Plan International, World Vision, Save the Children, GADRRRES, consultants) and school community.
The highlights of the webinars:
- a holistic integrated approach must be done when conducting child-focused risk assessment that includes aspect of child protection, structural and non-structural assessment of school buildings, and capacity building to school community;
- VISUS is a technical risk assessment tool that is multi-hazards to understand the safety situation of a school, and what is to prioritised to support the decision making of school retrofits and establishment of new school in safe site. VISUS ha sbeen implemented in Indonesia in 60 schools in Ambon, 40 schools Central Maluku region and generates school individual report and a collected report;
- CSS Self-Assessment Suite comprises technical and non-technical assessments for improved decision making and action plan across three pillars of school safety;
- Social risks identification in the Philippines entails child protection issues ranging from violence and sexual harassment. This is part of the regulatory framework set by the Government of the Philippines: DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012 — Child Protection Policy, DepEd Order No. 55, s. 2013 — IRR of the Anti-Bullying Law, DepEd Order No. 32, s. 2018 — Gender-Responsive Education Policy, DepEd Order No. 57, s. 2017 — Policy on the Protection of Children in Armed Conflict, DepEd Order No. 37, s. 2015 — The Comprehensive Risk Reduction and Management.
The next webinar will be taking place on August, 30 discussing approaches to implementing school safety. The participants and speakers will share the views of public education and public awareness key messages, gender and inclusion, and multi-sectoral engagement in school safety. Stay tuned for the announcement!
For the ppt files of the Presenters can be downloaded here : http://bit.ly/PdfSecondWebinar