Vision and Mission:
The main purposes of GADRRRES are to strengthen global coordination, increase knowledge, and advocate on risk reduction education and safety in the education sector. The work of the Global Alliance ultimately contributes to a global culture of safety and resilience through education and knowledge.
Strengthen global coordination
- Facilitate collaboration, maximize synergies, and support coordination of the work of members of the Alliance.
- Promote networking and partnership-building to facilitate the mainstreaming of DRR into education efforts, especially as part of national education policies and sector plans.
Advocate for DRR knowledge and education
- Develop a common strategy for evidence-based advocacy on DRR education and knowledge management.
- Undertake high-level advocacy efforts to promote DRR knowledge and education at global, regional, national, and local levels among the education community as well as the DRR community.
Improve global information, resources and knowledge management on DRR education
- Facilitate the collection of existing knowledge on DRR education and ensure its equitable and free availability and dissemination to all stakeholders.
- Provide normative guidance and promote peer review to elaborate comprehensive good practice, research and evidence building in education sector resilience strategies for DRR.
- Support development and dissemination of existing and new educational and training materials, guidelines, and standards at the global level.
In support of the Sustainable Development Goals and in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Education 2030: Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action, GADRRRES promotes a comprehensive approach to DRR education through the Comprehensive School Safety Framework. This approach is based on education policy, plans, and programmes that are aligned with disaster management at national, regional, district and local school site levels. The Comprehensive School Safety Framework rests on three pillars:
- Safe Learning Facilities involves education authorities, planners, architects, engineers, builders, and
school community members in safe site selection, design, construction and maintenance (including safe
and continuous access to the facility).
- School Disaster Management is established via national and sub-national education authorities and local school communities (including children and parents), working in collaboration with their disaster management counterparts at each jurisdiction, in order to maintain safe learning environments and plan for educational continuity, conforming to international standards.
- Risk Reduction and Resilience Education should be designed to develop a culture of safety and resilient communities.
Photo: Flooded classrooms in Benin, 2011; Education Cluster