Asia and the Pacific

Established in 2012, the Asia Pacific Coalition for School Safety (APCSS) is a regional branch of Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES). APCSS composed of IFRC, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Plan International, Save the Children, World Vision, UNICEF, UNESCO, and UNISDR, aims to create a space at the regional level for discussion and sharing of technical resources, good practices/lesson learns 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.

The objectives of APCSS are:


In parallel, the ASEAN School Safety Initiative (ASSI) has been developed. ASSI was actually implemented by ASEAN Secretariat in close cooperation with civil society organizations (i.e. Plan International, World Vision, Save the Children and MERCY Malaysia) and the AADMER Partnership Group and is supported by European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and Australian Aid.

As 80% of disaster deaths happen in Asia and children are disproportionally affected by disasters, ASSI developed the ASEAN Common Framework on School Safety (ACFCSS), a SEA regional framework to enhance school safety against the adverse impacts of natural and man-made hazards for ASEAN nations. This operationalization of this framework in 10 ASEAN nations is aimed to create a safe and secure learning environment for children. This framework comes with a roll-out manual for its operationalization.