Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on School Education and Disaster Risk Reduction
8 Oct 2007 - 10 Oct 2007
Bangkok, Thailand

Jointly organized by UNESCO, UNICEF, UNESCAP, UNCRD, UNOCHA, IFRC, ASEAN, ADRC, ADPC, ASB and UN/ISDR Asia and Pacific.

The Regional Workshop on Education for Disaster Risk Reduction is an initiative developed by the Education Task Force as a first step to demonstrate the long term commitment of this partnership to integrate disaster risk reduction into the Education sector.

This three-day Regional Workshop will be a part of a longer-term regional strategy that aims at raising awareness on the need to integrate disaster risk reduction and school safety construction programmes as part of education curricula. It will bring together decision makers and practitioners from the field of disaster risk reduction, disaster management and education and built on past and existing in-country initiatives as well as key processes and bodies at the country and regional level that have placed education for disaster risk reduction and school safety as a top priority of their agenda (RCC, Asian Conferences on Disaster Reduction, ASEAN Committee for Disaster Management, UNCRD, IFRC among others).

The Ahmdabad Declaration adopted in January 2007 at the International Conference on School Safety in India lists out a set of responsibilities and actions for each stakeholder to take to become a gschool safety championh and will serve as a reference to the discussions. The third day of the workshop is expected to benefit from the participation of Ministers of Education and will highlight the Bangkok-based joint celebrations of the International Day for Disaster Reduction and ASEAN Disaster Management Day. Its conclusions will serve as the regional contribution for the Asia and Pacific region to the International Conference on Education for Disaster Risk Reduction that will be organized in November 2008 by the UN/ISDR system Thematic Platform on Knowledge and Education in Europe. (from final announcement)

UNCRD took a role as a leading agency to host
- Session 4: Making School Buildings Safer from Disasters with ADPC,
- Working Group Discussion 4, and
- Parallel Session B: Guidelines for Safer School Constructions with NSET.
Following is the detail program and the presentations.

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