ISLAMABAD - As part of United Nations’ One UN programme on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Culture Organisation (Unesco) organised a review workshop on “School Safety Action Plan”, here Thursday.

Welcoming the participants, the Secretary Relief, Rehabilitation & Settlement Department, Rasheed Ahmed emphasised on the significance of disaster risk reduction in education sector. Ahmed also stressed that participants should actively participate and give valuable recommendations in a group exercise to develop a comprehensive road map.

Deputy Director, Provincial Development Management Authority (PDMA), Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK) Bakhtiar Khan in his speech formally endorsed the draft of the school safety action plan. Zahid Arif, Secretary Communication and Works (C&W) Department chaired group work on structural and non-structural group presentation. Zahid, lauded the efforts of all stakeholders and endorsed the school safety plan. UNESCO appreciated the efforts of Education Department, C&W Department and PDMA in facilitating the workshop and taking the ownership of the school safety action plan. The plan will soon be finalised and circulated to all concerned stakeholders for implementation.

This project is in continuation of draft plan, which was developed by UNESCO in 2011 for KP, involving key public sector and civil society organizations through a consultative process, laying a road map for School Safety in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Unesco also intends to launch its flagship awareness game “Disaster Master Game” in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in near future.