A community-based approach: the principles
A community-based approach to safer school construction is based on five principles, which guide the project from beginning to end. Two additional good practices also help increase the impact of the approach.
Principles to follow at all times
1. Build safe schools and strengthen weak ones
2. Work as partners
3. Ensure technical oversight
4. Build on local knowledge
5. Develop abilities and strengthen livelihoods
Good practices to increase impact
1. Support a culture of safety
Safer school construction projects increase community awareness about hazards and risk reduction. After construction, establishing school disaster management committees and introducing curricula on risk reduction can encourage the community to develop a culture of safety.
2. Promote broader responsibility
Project implementers engaging in safer school construction should develop common standards and processes. This will allow successful aspects of the community-based approach to spread. They can also make a public commitment to safer schools and track their progress towards measurable targets.