18.12.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Implementation of the UNESCO-VISUS School Safety Methodology in Mozambique 2017

Mr. Jair Torres introducing the VISUS methodology to Mozambican stakeholders

Maputo City, Mozambique, 22 November to 1 December 2017

With the support from UNESCO, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the Belgian Development Cooperation Agency, the Ministry of Education and Human Development of Mozambique is currently implementing the UNESCO-VISUS methodology for multi-hazard school safety assessment in Mozambique.

This methodology assesses risks in existing school facilities related to natural and man-made hazards as well as existing infrastructure, allowing decision makers to take informed decisions for interventions concerning school safety and disaster risk reduction. This process began with a Stakeholders Workshop that was an initial activity to introduce the UNESCO-VISUS method and established the key partnerships for its adaptation to the Mozambican context, aiming to apply it to 100 schools in this pilot phase. This meeting was held on 20 September 2017 and was facilitated by VISUS Experts from UNESCO Headquarter in Paris, Mr Jair Torres, and University of El-Salvador, Professor Edgar Peña.

Entering to the implementation of the project, a series of VISUS Training Workshop were led by both experts, from 22 November 2017 to 1 December 2017. The first workshop covered the application of VISUS methodology for the decision makers. The second one covered the theoretical aspects behind the VISUS methodology that was aimed for teachers of the University of Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), technical staff of the Ministry of Education and Human Development and from the National Institute for Disaster Management of Mozambique INGC. The third and last workshop was aimed to train a selected group of last year students and teachers from the Faculty of Architecture of the UEM in the practical use of the VISUS Methodology. The last workshop included the practical exercises in applying VISUS Methodology through school surveys that were done in six schools in Maputo City previusly selected during the workshops. These schools, are: EPC (Complete Primary School) 3 de Fevereiro, EPC “A luta continua”, EPC São António de Polana, EPC do Alto Mãe, EPC de Mikadjuine, and EPC Unidade 7.

Following the workshops, the participants were appointed to take the task in conducting the school survey and assessment using VISUS Methodology that will be done in 94 schools in Maputo, Gaza, and Inhambane provinces.

The survey and assessment will be conducted by these trained professors, teachers, and students using VISUS paper codification forms and VISUS Mobile Application  (VISUS Finder). The data from the school survey and field assessment will be then processed and validated by Safety and Protection Intersectoral (SPRINT) Lab of the Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Udine, Italy –UNESCO’s Scientific Partner on the VISUS methodology, and UNESCO Chair on Safety Assessment-. The results from this data process would be in the form of individual school reports (100) and in a collective report addressed to the decision-makers of the Ministry of Education and Human Development of Mozamquibe. These reports will then be shared in a GIS format. The reports will also be shared and presented during the Reporting Meeting with Government of Mozambique, planned to be held by early 2018, as part of project report. These reports will enable Mozambican decision-makers with ready-to-use science-based information on school safety, enabling them to take informed decisions about school safety and upgrading, allowing for a better budgeting and prioritization of interventions and expenditures.

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