The program will also build a culture of safety and resilience in a number of ways:
First, the program seeks to develop and introduce a number of original modules on Risk Education and Climate Change into the mainstream curricula of educational institutions which would then be taught on an on-going basis. These modules address four areas: emergency planning; prevention/mitigation; preparedness; response; and recovery.
For the emergency-planning aspect of the program, TSRS, SRFF and SCRBR will work with participating institutions in developing customized emergency preparedness and response plans and will ensure that local emergency response agencies, such as law enforcement, fire, hospitals and mental health care providers, are included in the process. Schools will be required to conduct regular mock drills and evacuation drills so that areas of improvement are identified and that emergency plans will be revised accordingly. One of the ways the program seeks to address what can be done to reduce or eliminate risks to life and property (i.e. prevention and mitigation) is by exploring structural and non-structural mitigation techniques in a participatory and collaborative environment. Communities and the government will also engage with safety-related institutions, such as the fire and police departments, to devise risk mitigation and post-disaster management plans.
Second, this commitment will focus on communication and dissemination of the program content to the rest of the society and Government. They will also work to encourage ownership of the program at the key stakeholder levels. In addition, this commitment will hold a State-level Learning Event to advocate the view of Risk Education and Climate Change as a mainstream learning module with key stakeholders from Ministry of Education, Central Board of Secondary Education, Leading School Authorities (Principals of Government and Private Schools), academia, research institutions, and other leading I/NGOs.
The entire process will be inclusive and this is an essential dynamic of the commitment. The TSRS, SRFF and SCBRB will engage key stakeholders --individuals, families, institutions, neighborhoods and their extended community-to ensure that they are fully aware of safety and resilience practices during and after disasters.
Key Strategic Initiatives will include the following:
- Create a feasibility assessment and road map including quarterly reviews
- Map vulnerabilities, capacities and disaster management planning: stakeholders will participate in mapping the risks and vulnerabilities, assess the needs, identification of local capacities and eventually this will lead to school disaster management planning and community disaster management planning.
- Conduct six teacher and student event to raise awareness, train target audience on disaster management planning, provide skill formation trainings in each school - over an 18-month period
- Establish Task Forces for Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Working Groups within each school
- Provide skills training to members of the Task Forces ( composed of Students, Teachers at school level and youth, adults, local leaders at community level: 3 times during the period of implementation
- Conduct regular mock drills with teachers and students
- Arrange 2 state-level Advocacy Workshops with significant engagement from the Government towards Policy level advocacy
- Organize capacity building workshops catered to journalists and media personnel
- Devote 3 days to parents level Awareness and Family Disaster Management Planning
- Engage the Board of Education, Municipal Commissioners / Politicians and Ministers / Policy Planners on the integration of disaster management and risk reduction topics into school curriculums
- Conduct intermediate and Final Evaluation
- Hold Lesson Learning Event
Having witnessed the disruption brought by natural disasters and terrorism, the Shri Ram School (TSRS), Sri Ram Foundation (SRFF) and the Save the Children Bal Raksha Bharat (SCBRB) seeks to better prepare children and their families so that they know how to respond should unforeseen events take place.
This commitment will engage key stakeholders to increase safety and resilience at the individual, family, institutional, neighborhood, and extended community levels. This will be achieved through the implementation of a comprehensive disaster risk mitigation program focusing on increasing awareness, advocacy and training among 30,000 people as the primary focus group.
The program will deliver intense and sustained training to students, parents, teachers, governing boards, resident welfare associations, and at the State level Boards of Education, in relation to the preparedness, risk reduction, mitigation, response and recovery strategies to a variety of both natural and man-made disasters.