15.05.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO supports Comprehensive School Safety in Indonesia

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UNESCO in partnership with Indonesia National Commission for UNESCO and ASPNet (Associated Schools Program Network) held a Workshop on Comprehensive School Safety: Disaster Risk Reduction Education on 8 to 9 May 2018 in Jakarta. The workshop was attended by sixty (60) participants from fifteen (15) schools of ASPNet in Jakarta, Bandung, Bogor, Malang, and Palembang, as well representatives from government officials and organizations. This workshop aimed to provide knowledge and understanding of the Comprehensive School Safety concept for Disaster Risk Reduction as well to assist the ASPNet schools to start to develop their DRR Action Plan for further implementation.

The workshop started with a welcoming remark of UNESCO delivered by Mr Ardito Kodijat, representing the Director and Representative of UNESCO. UNESCO expressed high appreciation to the Government of Indonesia for its continuous supports to UNESCO’s program. He later explained that the workshop is under Indonesia Fund in Trust (IFIT) and part of the support of UNESCO to the importance of risk reduction education in schools in Indonesia. Following the remark from UNESCO, Mrs Poppy Dewi Puspitawati, Director of Directorate of Special Education and Special Education Service (Dir PK dan PLK), representing the Director General of Basic and Secondary Education, officially opened the workshop. She conveyed her appreciation to UNESCO and Indonesia Commission for UNESCO (NatCom) for organizing the event and improving the capacity of fifteen (15) schools in DRR. She explained there are 250,000 schools prone to disaster based on multi-hazards in Indonesia. She expected that these fifteen schools could disseminate their knowledge and experience to other schools under the ASPNet.

Professor Arief Rachman, Chairperson for National Commission of Ministry of Education and Cultural delivered a keynote speech conveying the three problems that exist nowadays: climate change, gender equality, and employment opportunity.  

Following the opening remarks, the workshop was divided into 2 sessions. The first session is about setting the Context of School Safety: Global to National. Mrs Irina Rafliana from ICIAR LIPI moderated the discussion. Three speakers presented the following subjects: Mr. Ardito Kodijat conveyed the Global Framework on Comprehensive Safe Schools (CSS); Mr. Aminudin  from the National Agency for Disaster Management explained on the issue of Natural Hazards in Indonesia and the Agency support for Safer Schools in Indonesia. Mrs. Poppy Dewi Puspitawati shared the support of her directorate and the Establishment of National Secretariat on Safer Education Unit: Policy, Program, and Recommendation. The session highlighted the concept of comprehensive school safety through its three pillars, disaster preparedness indicators, ten steps in achieving safer education unit, and safe schools campaign and framework in Indonesia.

Session 2 started with the presentation of Senior Program Assistant of Water and Environmental Science, Mrs. Siti Rachmania on the World Heritage Sites in Indonesia: Tropical Rainforest Heritage Sumatera: in Danger. Her presentation focused in introducing the criteria for nomination of world heritage sites, sharing about the status of natural and cultural heritage sites in Indonesia, and more detail on the situation of Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatera that its boundaries connected between Leuser, Kerinci Seblat, and Bukit Barisan Selatan Mountains. The 2nd session also discussed on Best Practice in School Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes. Mr Avianto Amri from Risk Frontier moderated the sesion. In this session, Mrs Irina Rafliana, ICIAR LIPI, shared on the development self-assessment tool for disaster preparedness called STEP-A (School Tsunami and Earthquake Preparedness – Assessment). Mr Ardito Kodijat, representing UNESCO introduce the ASPNet Education Compendium on Disaster Risk Reduction: Stay Safe and Be Prepared Toolkit. While Mr Didiek Eko Yuana, shared the lessons learned and activities of Save the Children in Indonesia.

The 2nd day the participants was facilitated by Ms Nia Kurnia and Ms Wina Natalia from YKRI, and Ms Maulina Utamaningsih from Save the Children to have better understanding on Disaster Risk Reduction. The day was filled with discussion and exercise to have better understanding of the risk in their school risks and developing the first step to school plan in reducing the risks. The participants is divided into four groups for group discussion. In the end of the session, the groups made presentation in front of their colleagues.

The workshop was closed with remarks given by Mrs Hasnah Gasim, represented National Commission and ASPNet and hand over of certificate of participation.  


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