By Dr Manu Singh
The author is Director, SEEDS, New Delhi.
Increased practical and theoretical awareness of disasters, as well as structural changes and hazard mitigation are critical steps in making a school safe. Campaigns towards this will save young lives and sow the seeds of change for more resilient communities.
Children are at risk in a place we expect them to be safest - their schools. Thousands of children have lost their lives simply because of improper structures, hazard filled rooms or ignorance about how to protect themselves when a disaster strikes. It is fairly well understood that among all public amenities, schools and their students are the most vulnerable during any disaster. Typhoon Linda, 1997, in the Pacific destroyed over 2,200 schools; Columbia earthquake, 1999, damaged 74 per cent...