The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Thailand will host the second ASEAN Regional Conference on School Safety in bid to reduce the risks of disastrous consequences at schools.
DDPM Director General Chatchai Promlert said the department, in cooperation with partner agencies in ASEAN, is scheduled to hold the second ASEAN Regional Conference on School Safety on 14-15 February 2017 at Grand Center Point Hotel, Bangkok.
He said schools are considered risk areas from disasters which might possibly cause damage to buildings on campus, forcing classes to be canceled.
The meeting will be held as a brainstorming and exchange platform on disaster prevention and mitigation at schools according to the ASEAN Common Framework for Comprehensive School Safety (ACFCSS)
The ACFCSS covers three main pillars, namely ensuring safe school buildings and facilities, managing disaster risk reduction at schools, and organizing classes on disaster risk reduction, response, adjustment, and recovery.
The ASEAN Safe School Initiative (ASSI) is an important project within the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) promoted mainly by the Thai and Lao governments. It is also a key activity in the ASEAN Work Plan for the Education Sector 2016 - 2020 aimed to improve education personnel’s response to disaster and create a network of school safety in Thailand and ASEAN. It also supports the raise of awareness among children and youth on disaster management in compliance to the Thai government’s Safety Thailand policy and the 2015-2020 Thailand Vision.