ensure children’s rights to education and survival - Save the
January 16, 2019
MAKATI CITY – Save
the Children Philippines welcomes partnership with the Department of
Education and Prudence Foundation in strengthening safety in schools
as millions of children face risk of injury, psychosocial trauma and
deaths during disasters and emergencies.
The project - Education
Safe from Disasters was launched on January 16, 2019 to be
implemented by the Department of Education, in partnership with Save
the Children Philippines and Prudence Foundation.
The three year project
improves the capacity of learners, teachers, schools staff and
officials on disaster preparedness and risk reduction. It also
integrates safety and disaster resiliency in the construction and
retrofitting of school buildings. The program will be pilot tested
in 16 schools division in Metro Manila.
The Philippines ranks
third in the 2016 World Risk Index of the most disaster prone
countries in the world. Every year, the country is hit by almost all
forms of natural and man-made calamities like typhoons, earthquakes,
floods, volcanic eruptions, landslides. Lingering armed conflict in
Mindanao and parts of Visayas continue to disrupt classes and
displace families and children.
Lawyer Albert Muyot, Chief
Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines said safety in
schools guarantee children’s rights to survival and basic education.
Learners spend five to
eight hours in schools during weekdays and their safety and security
should be ensured while they are away from parents and guardians.
From 2007 to 2012, a total
of 11 Million schoolchildren in the Philippines were affected by
major disasters jeopardizing their rights to education and survival.
“Children face the
harshest impact of disasters and emergencies, as they miss out on
school, suffer injury and worse, deaths,” said Muyot. “We welcome
the Education Safe from Disasters as part of our comprehensive
child-rights based response to the needs of learners before, during
and after disasters and emergencies.”
Save the Children
Philippines has been providing emergency response during disasters
by establishing Child Friendly Space (CFS) where displaced children
can play and learn and Temporary Learning Space (TLS) where school
age children can attend alternative classes.
The organization has
provided interventions for thousands of displaced children during
typhoon Mangkhut that hit Northern Luzon provinces and armed
conflict in Marawi.