By Angeline Tandiono, IFRC
Earlier this month, active stakeholders in school safety across Southeast Asia gathered in Thailand to exchange knowledge and share best practices on school safety. The Southeast Asia Regional Lessons Learnt Workshop on School Safety Initiative and School-Based Disaster Risk Reduction was organized in Bangkok by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in collaboration with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as part of the ASEAN Safe School Initiative (ASSI) and in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Coalition for School Safety (APCSS).
With participants from the Southeast Asia Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, government agencies such as Ministry of Education and National Disaster Management Agencies, international NGOs and private sector, the workshop aimed to identify the key learning points for further interventions in school safety and what can be collectively achieved through collaboration among various stakeholders.
“It only takes one disaster to realize how we can fail dramatically, and it is an adequate warning for all of us to take this seriously. I’m happy to see this is being realized globally and regionally. That is why we work together. We complement each other,” said Marwan Jilani, the Head of IFRC Bangkok Country Cluster Support Team.