School safety plan stressed to tackle urban disaster

Terming Bangladesh as a disaster-prone country, speakers at an event called for chalking out School Safety Plan (SSP) for tackling disaster at school level in urban areas.

There are many schools along with a large number of students in urban areas. It is needed to formulate the SSP to keep academic activities uninterrupted and ensure safety of students from disasters (earthquake, fire incident, building collapse and water-logging), they observed. They stressed on making disaster-tolerant school buildings, capacity building of teachers and students by providing proper training on disaster preparedness, and proper coordination among all stakeholders.   

Proper management and raising awareness are also important to face disaster successfully, they said, calling for allocation of adequate resources for proper implementation of the SSP. They made the comments while addressing a workshop on ‘Chalking out School Safety Plan’ at Rayer Bazar High School at Dhanmondi in the capital on Wednesday.

Community Participation and Development (CPD) and Secondary and Higher Education Department jointly organized the programme supported by Save the Children and European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection under Sustainable Urban Resilience Project (SURP)-II.    Hasanul Hamid Khan, chairman of the School Managing Committee, attended as the chief guest.

Abu Jafor Salehin, assistant thana secondary education officer of Dhanmondi, Shanewaz Wara, manager of Save the Children, school’s head teacher Meherun Nesa, assistant head teacher AFM Ishaque, assistant teacher Tahazzot Hossain, and Fozlul Hoque, project coordinator of CPD, among others, spoke at the event.