Compelled by the rising threats to children and education as a result of climate change, increased conflict, and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES) revised its Comprehensive School Safety Framework (CSSF). The CSSF 2022-2030 is an all-hazards, all-risks approach to protecting children and education, offering governments a practical framework to make urgent progress across a multitude of children’s rights and the sustainable development agenda.
All children have the right to safety and survival, protection, development, and participation, and every child should be able to realise these rights in school. Yet natural and technological threats, climate change, epidemics and pandemics, violence, conflict, and everyday threats put children and school staff at risk. When these threats are realised, they can cause permanent, compound impacts on the development of children and societies, and these impacts are felt differently due to gender, disability, and social and economic inequalities, leaving the most marginalised children unacceptably vulnerable.
The goals of CSS are to take a participatory risk-informed approach to:
- Protect learners, educators and staff from death, injury, violence and harm in schools and other learning spaces.
- Plan for education and protection continuity, and limit disruptions to learning in the face of shocks, stresses, hazards and threats of all kinds.
- Promote knowledge and skills of learners and duty-bearers, to contribute to risk reduction, resilience building, and sustainable development.