Asia and the Pacific Regional Affiliate

Asia Pacific Coalition for School Safety

Background

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 APCSS 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 on children’s education and to coordinate and promote advocacy for Comprehensive School Safety , across Asia-Pacific countries.

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 Asia and the Pacific Regional Affiliate

Asia Pacific Coalition for School Safety

Asia and the Pacific Regional Affiliate-image | GADRRRES

Background

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 APCSS 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 on children’s education and to coordinate and promote advocacy for Comprehensive School Safety , across Asia-Pacific countries.

 Asia and the Pacific Regional Affiliate

Asia Pacific Coalition for School Safety

Asia Pacific Coalition for School Safety | GADRRRES

Background

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 APCSS 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 on children’s education and to coordinate and promote advocacy for Comprehensive School Safety , across Asia-Pacific countries.

Asia Pacific Coalition for School Safety | GADRRRES

In addition to core members, the APCSS maintains its cooperative linkages with two sub-regional platforms in Asia-Pacific (sub-regional members): Pacific Coalition For The Advancement Of School Safety (PCSASS) and ASEAN Safe School Initiative (ASSI), as well as other collaborative members, such as: Child Fund, UN Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY), and All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI).

Asia Pacific Coalition for School Safety | GADRRRES

In addition to core members, the APCSS maintains its cooperative linkages with two sub-regional platforms in Asia-Pacific (sub-regional members): Pacific Coalition For The Advancement Of School Safety (PCSASS) and ASEAN Safe School Initiative (ASSI), as well as other collaborative members, such as: Child Fund, UN Major Group of Children and Youth (MGCY), and All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI).

 Purpose

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To promote Comprehensive School Safety – advocacy at regional, sub regional and country levels.

To coordinate and collaborate with stakeholders on school safety.

To develop and share technical resources, good practices, policies and lessons learned – knowledge management.

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To promote Comprehensive School Safety – advocacy at regional, sub regional and country levels.

To coordinate and collaborate with stakeholders on school safety.

To develop and share technical resources, good practices, policies and lessons learned – knowledge management.

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To promote Comprehensive School Safety – advocacy at regional, sub regional and country levels.

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To coordinate and collaborate with stakeholders on school safety.

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To develop and share technical resources, good practices, policies and lessons learned – knowledge management.

Key Priorities

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Organizational Development and Communications: prioritise communication ahead for joint comments and collective communication

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Shared Repositories for Efficiency, Impact Research, and Scaling-up: Tools for sharing of both published IEC and curriculum materials as well as raw materials for adaptation and development.

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Collaborative Work on guidance, publications and tools: Collective support for tools for capacity-building in policy planning for Comprehensive School Safety .

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Development of Evidence-based guidance: Develop small projects for Participatory Action Research in connection with child-centered programs.

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Advocacy, capacity building and partnership for Comprehensive School Safety in Asia-Pacific: Identify priorities for outreach, advocacy presence, engagement and partnership development.

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Link with regional strategies of UN agencies, donors, Global Partnership for Education, and other regional bodies.

Key Priorities

01

Organizational Development and Communications: prioritise communication ahead for joint comments and collective communication

02

Shared Repositories for Efficiency, Impact Research, and Scaling-up: Tools for sharing of both published IEC and curriculum materials as well as raw materials for adaptation and development.

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Collaborative Work on guidance, publications and tools: Collective support for tools for capacity-building in policy planning for Comprehensive School Safety .

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Development of Evidence-based guidance: Develop small projects for Participatory Action Research in connection with child-centered programs.

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Advocacy, capacity building and partnership for Comprehensive School Safety in Asia-Pacific: Identify priorities for outreach, advocacy presence, engagement and partnership development.

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Link with regional strategies of UN agencies, donors, Global Partnership for Education, and other regional bodies.

Accomplishments

Report: “Guardians of the planet: Asia Pacific Children and Youth Voices on Climate Crisis and Disaster Risk Reduction Report” – Report, Webinar recording, Infographic summary

Webinar recording on “Inclusive policy and practices in education continuity for the most-at-risk girls and boys”

Webinar recordings on the inter-agency resource “Safe Back to School: A Practitioner’s Guide”: Session 1, Session 2

Children Stakeholder Group Statement – Asia-Pacific Partnership on Disaster Risk Reduction Forum 2019

APCSS support to GADRRRES Side event on school safety at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland

Report: “Enhancing the Enabling Environment for Education Continuity in Multi-Hazard Settings in ASEAN”

Report: “Towards School Safety in ASEAN: A compilation of case stories from the children who participated in promoting school safety”

Video: “Standard Operating Procedure for school disaster preparedness in ASEAN”

APCSS Statement for Comprehensive School Safety implementation – Third ASEAN Conference on School Safety

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Mongolia in 2018:

  • Thematic event: Promoting investment in disaster risk reduction through good examples of child-focused Comprehensive School Safety implementation in different contexts and innovative education solutions.
  • APCSS market place: Presentation of good practices, showcasing tools, modules, and findings from research at regional and country levels
  • Side event: Safe Schools: Researcher, Practitioner and Policy-maker Collaboration for evidence-based practice
  • Side event: Risk-Aware and Disaster-Ready Generation towards Sustainable Community Resiliency
  • Side event: Collaborative Surge – Enabling localisation enhancing resilience
  • Side event: Making Schools Safer in Asia

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in India in 2016:

  • Policy Brief on Advancing Comprehensive School Safety for Asia-Pacific
  • Thematic session: Promoting educational continuity and resilience of children and community through increasing child-focused Comprehensive School Safety in different contexts and innovative educational solutions.
  • Technical Session: Investing in DRR for resilience

Accomplishments

Report: “Guardians of the planet: Asia Pacific Children and Youth Voices on Climate Crisis and Disaster Risk Reduction Report” – Report, Webinar recording, Infographic summary

Webinar recording on “Inclusive policy and practices in education continuity for the most-at-risk girls and boys”

Webinar recordings on the inter-agency resource “Safe Back to School: A Practitioner’s Guide”: Session 1, Session 2

Children Stakeholder Group Statement – Asia-Pacific Partnership on Disaster Risk Reduction Forum 2019

APCSS support to GADRRRES Side event on school safety at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland

Report: “Enhancing the Enabling Environment for Education Continuity in Multi-Hazard Settings in ASEAN”

Report: “Towards School Safety in ASEAN: A compilation of case stories from the children who participated in promoting school safety”

Video: “Standard Operating Procedure for school disaster preparedness in ASEAN”

APCSS Statement for Comprehensive School Safety implementation – Third ASEAN Conference on School Safety

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Mongolia in 2018:

  • Thematic event: Promoting investment in disaster risk reduction through good examples of child-focused Comprehensive School Safety implementation in different contexts and innovative education solutions.
  • APCSS market place: Presentation of good practices, showcasing tools, modules, and findings from research at regional and country levels
  • Side event: Safe Schools: Researcher, Practitioner and Policy-maker Collaboration for evidence-based practice
  • Side event: Risk-Aware and Disaster-Ready Generation towards Sustainable Community Resiliency
  • Side event: Collaborative Surge – Enabling localisation enhancing resilience
  • Side event: Making Schools Safer in Asia

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in India in 2016:

  • Policy Brief on Advancing Comprehensive School Safety for Asia-Pacific
  • Thematic session: Promoting educational continuity and resilience of children and community through increasing child-focused Comprehensive School Safety in different contexts and innovative educational solutions.
  • Technical Session: Investing in DRR for resilience

Co-Leads

The Asia Pacific Coalition for School Safety (APCSS) operates in a collective effort sustained by its founding members. The founders of APCSS are Plan International, Save the Children, World Vision International, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDRR, IFRC, and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), with Plan International as its Secretariat.

Members

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International Federation of Red Cross | GADRRRES
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Plan-international | GADRRRES
Save-the-children | GADRRRES
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APCSS Subregional Groups

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The ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative (ASSI)

In alignment with the school safety efforts in the Asia Pacific,the ASSI was established and endorsed by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management in 2013, as among the priorities in the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Work Programme 2010-2015 and Work Programme 2016-2020. ASSI is a government-led school safety initiative and supported by a consortium of civil society organisations (Plan International as the consortium lead together with Save the Children, World Vision, and Mercy Malaysia) Through the funding support from ECHO, the Australian Aid and the consortium members, ASSI projects were implemented in eight ASEAN countries in the sub-region from 2015-2019.
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. The recently launched AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025 retains the ASEAN Safe Schools Initiative as among its priorities under the Priority Programme 2: Prevention and Mitigation.
Further information, please visit: https://aseansafeschoolsinitiative.org/

The Pacific Coalition for the Advancement of School Safety (PCASS)

The PCASS is a sub-regional coalition of national education authorities, INGOs and civil society groups established in 2016 to promote school safety in the Pacific. The Coalition aims to strengthen the commitments of governments, and other sectoral partners to protect children’s rights to safety and survival, to educational continuity, to safeguard education sector investments, and build a culture of safety in the face of natural hazards and climate change in the Pacific region.
The coalition was established through the initiative of the Ministries of Education and Disaster Management Offices in the region, in partnership with Save the Children and the European Union. Other stakeholders involved in the coalition are civil society groups, development partners, and stakeholders from related sectors.
In 2016, through PCASS , support was extended to the Pacific Island countries in developing the School Safety Roadmap for the Pacific Region, 2016-2018. This regional roadmap guided the Pacific countries, including Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands, in developing their respective national strategies and priorities for school safety implementation.

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