In order to ensure that children and teachers in Delhi go to school, remain safe there and come back safely, soon a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) will be providing training to teachers as well as students at 50 schools which are located in the eastern part of the city to be safe in case of any disaster.
The NGO, Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) on July 27 came up with Honeywell Safe Schools: a holistic school safety and disaster risk reduction programme which is funded by Honeywell India grant.
It will be working to make 25,000 students and 1,000 teachers across 50 schools in Delhi (which will include 32 government and 18 municipal) disaster-ready. The program, which will look into each school’s unique challenges, will run for three years.
The NGO also undertook a baseline study in order to know about the school safety and disaster-preparedness in Delhi. Kamal Kishore, member of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) while releasing the study said that people did not look at the concept of safety and risk reduction in a broad manner which is why the safety initiatives taken in the school could not get the required results.
“There is a need to bring disaster issues in the school curriculum. The notion of risk — whether it’s everyday risk or the extreme risk — has to be incorporated in a much more sophisticated and integrated way,” said Kishore.
Manu Gupta, who is the Executive Director of SEEDS, said that the baseline study showcases that it is the need of the hour to create awareness among children, parents, teachers, and civic authorities to mitigate the impact of disasters.