NDMA starts pilot programme in 68 schools across country

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has started pilot project of Pakistan School Safety Framework in 68 selected public and private schools across the country. The project is being implemented in different schools including Beacon house, Fazaia School System, Bahria School System, APSACS, City School System.
The schools selected for the pilot project are based in Peshawar, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Islamabad Capital Territory, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit. The purpose of the pilot programme is to determine the challenges in the implementation of the framework and to modify the framework accordingly, said a news release issued here.
The NDMA signed a joint work plan last year with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where the partnership aimed at enhancing disaster preparedness, response and recovery with a special focus on children.
The Gender and Child Cell (GCC) of the NDMA, with the support of UNICEF and British Council thus pursued Pakistan School Safety Framework (PSSF) to remain prepared for effective and efficient response against natural or man-made hazards.
The Pakistan School Safety Framework was developed after a series of National level consultative meetings with government and private sector stakeholders and it was also reviewed by international consultants.
A consensus was developed in the Final National Consultative Meeting on August 17-18 that Frameworks should be pretested through a Pilot Programme and its findings should be reviewed through another Consultative Meeting to refine the Framework before its implementation.
Before the start of pilot programme, 68 Schools were selected through the involvement of respective education departments and secretariats of the Private School Systems.
From amongst these schools nominations were obtained for School teachers all over the country to be trained by the expert trainers on School Safety.