This brochure reports on the contribution of national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to the ASEAN School Safety Initiative (ASSI). The ASSI is a project endorsed by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management to be one of the flagship projects of ASEAN in the areas of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. It is a multi-stakeholder initiative, which endeavours to make schools safer by applying and maintaining common standards to school buildings and facilities, conducting teacher and student trainings, school management and planning for disasters.


  • The contributions of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies include: implementing joint activities with ASEAN Member States and partners including community-based networks of young people and volunteers to strengthen the School Safety Initiative; promoting the Public Awareness Public Education (PAPE) Guidelines and key messages to ASSI partners; enhancing joint learning processes; improving knowledge and information management including increasing use of new technologies and innovative approaches; and promoting peer-to-peer collaboration among National Societies, public authorities and external partners.
  • The document also includes a call to ASEAN Member States to: recognise National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Southeast Asia as key implementing partners for the operationalisation and expansion of ASSI; enhance the in-country partnership between national disaster management offices, education ministries and National Societies as well as other technical partners, with the aim of promoting a comprehensive School Safety Framework; and recognise the Red Cross / Red Crescent contribution to school safety as part of the ASEAN School Safety Initiative.

Usage: Learning from experience; Policy guidance

Audiences: National Society leadership; Technical staff


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