The project seek to set up School Disaster Management Committees (SDMCs) with Interactive awareness creation plans (part of school safety plans) will be developed and implemented at each school and the wider community. Both students and teachers will have specific awareness creation activities they will carry out with their peers to raise awareness on the impact of disasters on education and the potential risk reduction options
Sierra Leone has experienced disasters many times in recent years and on 16th September, 2015 floods in Western Area, Bo, Pujeuhn and Bonthe led to an estimated number of 15,000 internally displaced people. On 14 August 2017, Freetown experienced one of its most severe landslides and flooding. The landslide and flooding caused major destruction of infrastructure, including 349 buildings, bridges, roads, schools, and health facilities. Out of these deaths, 109 were estimated to be children.
Based on school risk assessment findings, student clubs will be facilitated to develop and implement community services that address the identified disaster risks. Students are excellent risk communicators and they will be encouraged, through their community services, to create awareness on disaster and their risks, school contingency plans and mock drills, as well as other innovative ways which develop a culture of safety at schools.
1. A school community based monitoring system to track vulnerability and coping strategies would have been in place and results periodically shared with relevant authorities 2. Schools would have enhanced their early warning systems on disasters 3. Capacity building of schools on disaster risk reduction, search and rescue and first aid would have been achieved