HOPE'87 Tools and Materials for School Based Disaster Risk Management (SBDRM) Consultancy, Pakistan

Mimosa Blossom

Fumiyo Kagawa and David Selby completed a 2015 to 2016 consultancy for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan, on behalf of the Pakistan arm of the Austrian organization, HOPE'87 ('Hundreds of Original Projects for Employment').


The broad aim of the consultancy was to develop and/or refine models, tools and mechanisms to better embed SBDRM in school, community, district-level and provincial-level practice for the institutionalization of Disaster Risk Reduction into the education system. To achieve this, the following steps were involved:

  • Developing and conducting a Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices (KAP) baseline survey allied with a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) survey for Education Managers followed by post-training repeat surveys
  • Developing interlinked templates for disaster risk management plans at school, district and provincial levels: School Disaster Management Plan (SDMP), District Education Sector DRM Plan (DESDP), Provincial Education Sector DRM Plan (PESDP)
  • Developing a DRM Training Manual and relevant training aids and materials for Education Managers
  • Finalizing a revised DRM-sensitive Parent Teacher Council Guidebook to better enable councils to effectively undertake the functions of a School Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), and also developing PTC awareness-raising and training materials
  • Conducting a study of linkages between School Based Disaster Risk Management and Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and documenting good interlinking practice.

In Summer 2016, as an extension of the consultancy, they were invited to review the Pakistan School Based Disaster Management Framework developed by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan.

The work took place between July and August 2016. Their task was to vet, upgrade, extend and refine the document, providing new copy for consideration at an NDMA national workshop on 8/9 August, after which they further amended the document in the light of feedback received. In developing the Framework further, their specific tasks involved:

  • Clarifying, elaborating and concretizing concepts and ideas in the document
  • Ensuring appropriate cross-referencing and inter-linking of what is discussed in different sections of the document
  • Developing further linkages between what is proposed in the Framework and each of the three pillars of the Comprehensive School Safety Framework (Safe Learning Facilities, School Disaster Management, Risk Reduction and Resilience Education), especially strengthening the curricular and pedagogical aspects of the Education pillar
  • Including full coverage of School Based and Community Based Disaster Risk Management in the document
  • Developing and designing reader-friendly illustrative graphics.


For details of Fumiyo and David's earlier work in developing a cascade-style SBDRM training program for HOPE'87 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, click here.

For high praise for Sustainability Frontiers' disaster risk management work in Pakistan, click here.



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