Current Activities

GADRRRES manages a variety of ongoing activities and projects. Activities being carried out jointly by all members of GADRRRES are listed below, while more details about other activities can be found on each respective working group page.



Comprehensive School Safety targets and indicators

The Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES) and the Worldwide Initiative for School Safety (WISS) have both identified the need for a complete set of Targets and Indicators for Comprehensive School Safety. The GADRRRES Ad Hoc Committee on CSS Targets and Indicators is leading in this effort.

Two technical workshops for subject-matter experts were held to launch what is expected to be a year-long process of development and feasibility testing with national education authorities, especially in WISS members countries. The first workshop (January 2015 in Paris) focused on Enabling Policy Environment, and Pillar 3. The second workshop (February 2015 in Bangkok) focused on Pillars 1 and 2.

The targets and indicators will be designed to guide education authorities to measure and achieve progress towards the goals of the Comprehensive School Safety framework, at national and sub-national levels. Cascading tools for school-based assessment will be tools for both awareness and decision-making. These are intended to support national and sub-national education authorities in achieving and measuring progress towards these goals:

They are also intended to guide schools and the education authorities that support them to promote participatory school-based disaster risk management, including risk assessment, risk reduction skills, provisions for response, and planning for educational continuity.

It is intended that national and sub-national level indicators be able to be compared across countries and regions, and that consistent school-level indicators also be developed for adaptation to country level contexts. To achieve this a shared glossary of definitions, and well-defined measures will be developed. (A model for this exists in the Education for All the Year 2000 Assessment Technical Guideline) The early availability of this guidance, provided through the collaborative effort of UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, and UNICEF is credited as a significant reason for the substantial progress documented in achieving the Millennium Development Goal of Education for All.)

For further information, please contact Marla Petal <marla.petal@savethechildren.org.au>.

Worldwide Initiative for School Safety (WISS)

The Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) is a government-led global partnership that aims at securing political commitment and fostering safe schools implementation globally. WISS motivates and supports Governments to develop and implement national school safety policies, plans and programs in combination with the three technical aspects of Comprehensive School Safety.  The Worldwide Initiative offers technical assistance and particular expertise to support interested Governments in implementing Comprehensive School Safety at the national level, and promotes good practices and achievements in safe school implementation for replication in other countries and regions. See the WISS Brochure and the WISS Action Plan for further details.

View an updated list of WISS Champion Countries and information on the WISS membership process.

The Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES) defines a "safe school" as combining all of the following three components:

The main objectives of the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools are:

Expected outcomes

  1. At least 10 Governments engage as "Safe School Leaders" and announce commitment to the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (14-18 March 2015, Sendai, Japan).
  2. At least 100,000 schools are preliminary assessed through crowd-sourcing initiatives
  3. Growing social demand for safe school implementation, in particular from children themselves and communities
  4. A digital platform is developed as a collaborative Safe Schools web-based monitoring platform to collect data and track progress on school safety implementation globally.
  5. School safety is recognized as a priority in the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, as part of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 and in Regional Platforms' political declarations.
  6. Regional partners support the development of tools and standards for school safety and support a coordinated delivery of the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools on the ground.

For further information, please visit www.wcdrr.org/safeschools or contact Christel Rose rosec@un.org for more information.

Photo: Learners in post-cyclone Madagascar, 2008; UNICEF