With support from Save the Children Thailand and UNICEF, SUPA71, Co., Ltd. conducted a review on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management in schools under the project “Strengthening Institutional Capacity of Thailand’s Education and DRR Stakeholders on Comprehensive School Safety Framework” on April 2016. The report revealed policy and practices of school safety under Office of Basic Education Commission (OBEC) which posit more opportunities towards comprehensive school safety (CSS) in Thailand’s compulsory education sector.
Key administrative officers and teachers from disaster struck schools in Ayutthaya, Chumphorn, Surat Thani, Prachuab Kirikhan were interviewed along with individuals from OBEC – Ministry of Education, UNICEF and UNISDR as well as Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM). The interviews revealed that OBEC considers DRR as an integral part of school safety. Guidelines, measures, and system that support disaster prevention, mitigation and response, for school personnel, students, and their families are evident in schools.
The report also enumerated international agreements on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaption, and child-right and child protection ratified by the Thai government which have been serving as framework to ensure school safety. Despite these, human resource, financial, and coordination issues were hurdles in building the effective operation in DRR in Thai’s education sector.
The report completed by SUPA71, Co., Ltd. gave an overview of DRR implementation in Thai basic compulsory education.
DRR expert, Dr. Parichatt Krongkant of SUPA71, Co., Ltd interviewing school administrative personnel.
DRR manuals and educational materials for capacity building activities.
DRR expert, Dr. Parichatt Krongkant of SUPA71, Co., Ltd interviewing teachers.