The Inception Workshop on National School Safety Programme – A demonstration project of NDMA was launched today. This is consequent upon the approval of Government conveyed in June 2011 is a historic step which will result in safe schools in India. The Inception Workshop aims at discussing the implementation roadmap of various activities to be undertaken at the National and State level , the financial arrangements with regard to release and utilization of funds, policy issues, issues relating to project monitoring as also the discussion on the work done by various state governments to build a safe school environment. Shri M.Shashidhar Reddy Vice Chairman, NDMA launched the workshop.
The National School Safety Project is a 100% centrally sponsored scheme to be implemented in a time frame of 24 months at an estimated cost of Rs. 48.47 crores. It is a holistic project to promote culture of safety in schools by initiating policy level change, capacity building of officials, teachers and other stakeholders, promoting non-structural mitigation measures and transfer of demonstrative retrofitting technology to Schools on pilot basis.
The objective of the project is to save lives and prevent injuries in schools by capacity building and awareness generation and reducing the underlying risk in the existing school buildings (both structural and non structural) by conducting hazard risk and safety assessments and strengthening weak structures, if required by adopting appropriate measures. To prevent interruption of education by creating an enabling school environment for vulnerability reduction through Education, learning, training and knowledge sharing and creating an enabling external environment by putting in place appropriate policy.
This project is to be implemented in 43 Districts of 22 indentified States/UTs falling in seismic zones IV and V. The total number of Schools covered under this demonstration project would be 8600, with 200 schools in each district. The State Governments are nodal partners for implementation of this project and they would be required to carry out the project related activities in the selected schools of their states.