Excerpt from the introduction:
Worldwide, approximately 1.2 billion students attend school. Of these students, 875 million live in areas prone to earthquakes and hundreds of millions more face regular flood, landslide, wind and fire hazards. Many schools are poorly constructed and cannot withstand disasters. All children have the right to education, but often schooling is interrupted following disasters. Plan has been implementing its child-centred Safe Schools Program since 2005 and currently has projects in 24 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Program follows the widely used Three Pillars approach: (1) Safe Learning Facilities; (2) School Disaster Management; and (3) Risk Reduction and Resilience Education.
Children with disability are especially vulnerable in disasters to injury, death and exploitation. Yet they are often not considered during disaster preparedness, and for various reasons may not participate as actively as other children. All children have a role to play, and when children with disability participate alongside peers it changes peer attitudes to disability.
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