PRESS-RELEASE: ECHO, ADC, Plan International and HOPE'87 start the project "A Safer Tomorrow – Disaster Preparedness in Pakistan"

HOPE’87 continues to promote the Comprehensive School Safety framework, which aims to reduce the risks of all hazards to the education sector. 

In continuation of the previous interventions in Pakistan, HOPE’87 has recently started the implementation of the project “A Safer Tomorrow – Disaster Preparedness in Pakistan (STDP4)”. 

The project is co-funded by ECHO, the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and Plan International for a duration of 18 months, starting from 1st June 2017.

The project yields safer school environments for 544.967 children (44% girls) between the ages of 5 to 16 through school disaster management. Risk reduction and resilience education will improve the situation and knowledge for 184.089 children (39% girls) between the ages of 10 to 16. Over 2.370 safer and better-prepared learning environments will be established, with an additional number of 2.370 teachers that are well-trained in effective risk reduction. 

In preparation for educational continuity, the project will strengthen the capacity of 40 government representatives from provincial and district education departments with contingency plans and proven models for the systemic uptake of the best practices, using methods in support of the sustainability and expansion of these models beyond the project period.

Wider transformative impacts will include: monitoring and evaluation progress of initiatives, that reduction of disaster and security risks, increasing availability of and access to hazard-related evidence (such as multi-hazard early warning systems data and disaster risk information), promotion of risk reduction and resilience in the education sector with clear focus on major international agreements (SDGs and SFDRR), strengthening coordination and networks for resilience- from local to provincial, national and regional levels- strengthening education governance and local participation in order to prevent and reduce hazard exposure and vulnerability to all hazards and risks as well as to increase preparedness for response and recovery.

The core of school based disaster risk management (SBDRM) efforts is to recognize children's rights to survival and protection, as well as their rights to educational continuity and participation. The approach is intended to be inclusive, participatory, and evidence-based. The process is inclusive as all children are supported to participate in all aspects of Comprehensive School Safety. 

For further information, please, contact: Mr Shoaib Haider, Country Director, HOPE’87-Pakistan at shoaib@hope87.org