Type: Training Course Date: 28 May 2020 Location: Online event
Background and Rationale
As the Global Assessment Report has highlighted, the Sendai Framework reflects the certainty that in an ever more populous, networked and globalizing society, the very nature and scale of risk has changed, to such a degree that it surpasses established risk management institutions and approaches. Education sectors have been affected by many hazards worldwide. In some cases, due to physical and social vulnerabilities inherent to the systems themselves, the consequences have been catastrophic. The systemic nature of the COVID-19 crisis and its unprecedented cascading effects has impacted all sectors and levels and in all the countries of the Caribbean region. COVID-19 has demonstrated the systemic nature of risk and highlighted the exposure of these systems to all hazards.
Governments in the region are now using the instruments they have available in order to secure school safety and in many cases, the lack of specific preparedness measures to face pandemics has led to improvisation and real-time testing of policies and measures during the crisis. Policies, practices and tools, have been designed, developed, and implemented by national governments and by regional and international inter-governmental agencies. Nowadays, those instruments have been tested in the Caribbean region, and some gaps and improvements need to be identified in order to secure that these tools include among others biological hazards and guarantee that: 1) students and educators are safe from death, injury, and harm in schools; 2) continuity of education through all expected hazards and threats; 3) risk reduction and resilience is being strengthened through education; and, 4) education sector investments are safeguarded.
Education systems in the Caribbean are now responding to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are also preparing and implementing actions to mitigate the potential consequences of the upcoming hurricane season and other latent hazards, such as earthquakes and tsunamis. As recovery plans and other instruments are being designed by national and regional entities, they present an opportunity to reiterate the value of education in building resilient societies, and the need for multisectoral, multi-stakeholder and regional coordination such us the Caribbean Safe School Initiative. This notably in a context of increasing complexity, interdependence and systemic nature of risk. The webinar aims to discuss these issues while providing a platform for exchange and knowledge.
Safe School Working Group of the Education Sector Sub-Committee of the CDM Coordination and Harmonization Council
Policy Makers of CDEMA Participating States, Ministries of Education, National Disaster Coordinators, Multilateral and Bilateral Partners, Youth
Time: 11:00 (Eastern Caribbean Time)
Short URL: https://www.preventionweb.net/go/71963