Asia and the Pacific

Established in 2012, the Asia Pacific Coalition for School Safety (APCSS) is a regional affiliate of the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES). The founders of APCSS are International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Plan International, Save the Children, World Vision, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR - formerly known as UNISDR). The coalition aims to create a space at the regional level for discussion and sharing of technical resources, good practices/lessons learnt and model policies on Safe Schools to minimize the impacts of disasters to children’s education and to coordinate and promote advocacy for Comprehensive School Safety. Plan International is the secretariat of the coalition.

The objectives of APCSS are:

In support of and alignment with the school safety efforts in Asia Pacific, the ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative (ASSI) was established and endorsed by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management in 2013, as an ASEAN Government-led priority programme, supported by a consortium of civil society organisations (Plan International as the consortium lead together with Save the Children, World Vision, and Mercy Malaysia) working in Disaster Risk Reduction in the Education sector. Through the funding from ECHO, Australia Aid and programmatic support from each consortium member, ASSI projects have been implemented in eight ASEAN countries and the region in the past five years and have become a priority programme of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Work Programme and the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2016-2025.

Guided by the ASEAN Common Framework on School Safety and the ASSI Programme Strategy 2017-2020, ASSI has benefited more than 30,000 boys and 27,000 girls and engaged with more than 3000 ASEAN government officials, strengthened partnerships and collaborations with UN agencies, IFRC, academe, youth and children sector. It has now entered into the last phase of its strategy implementation and therefore, beyond 2020, ASEAN still considers the ASSI as a priority in the next work plans.

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