The 13th Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was celebrated in New Delhi on 28 September 2017 with the theme ‘School Safety’. The event was inaugurated by the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh.
The event saw in attendance NDMA members and officials, senior officials from HRD Ministry, NDRF, NIDM, officials from Central and state governments, Municipal commissioners, district collectors and representatives from NGOs, NCERT and educational institutions.
The discussions at the event aimed to increase awareness and ensure better implementation of the School Safety guidelines.
• The disaster management authority released the National Disaster Management Guidelines on School Safety Policy in February, 2016 with an aim to strengthen the risk resilience of schools across the country.
• Schools are the lifeline of a community and so, creating a secure school environment is important for effective learning and teaching.
• Over the years, thousands of children around the world have been badly affected because their schools were not safe.
• Therefore, it is important that a safe environment is created for the children, starting from their homes to their schools and back.
How will the Safety Policy be implemented?
First, the stakeholders would discuss the roadmap, key challenges and their roles in the implementation of the policy across the country.
States will share their experiences in terms of best practices and lessons learnt through their efforts towards school safety initiatives.
Besides this, the event saw the release of National Disaster Management Guidelines on Boat Safety and Cultural Heritage Sites & Precincts and a study report on Chennai Floods of 2015.
Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister stated that all countries should be on one page on matters related to disaster management and its prevention. He also said that hydrological data of rivers should be shared among all nations to deal with floods.
When: 28 September 2017