Disaster Risk Reduction through Schools
This project, led by ActionAid, is designed to reduce people's vulnerability to natural disasters by targeting schools. With a five year plan starting in 2006, the project is set to reach over 3 million people in seven countries – Malawi, Kenya, Bangladesh, Nepal, Haiti, Ghana and India. The approach is to use schools as a focus for disaster preparedness, making them - and the communities around them – safer.
The project's overarching policy goal is to help achieve priority 3 of the Hyogo Framework for Action on education and training, by institutionalising the implementation of disaster risk reduction within national and local education systems.
IDS, a key partner in this project, is providing technical support to ActionAid in three areas:
• Reviewing the ‘participatory vulnerability assessment’ methodology used with communities, focusing on how it can more effectively feature climate change dimensions.
• Developing a tool to evaluate the risks of climate change in school infrastructure investments.
• Helping shape a corporate advocacy strategy that bridges climate change and disaster risk reduction, while drawing on experiences from this project.
ActionAid are also a partner of Children in a Changing Climate