For the last 5 years, responsible agencies and supportive agencies have been focusing on seismic vulnerability assessment in schools, as a result of which the Seismic Safety Assessment Scale for schools was developed in 2016. However, during the experience, it has become clear that the existing methodology for assessing school seismic safety needs to be revised and developed a new scale, where included indicators and assessment principles will be more realistic.
Within the framework of the “Enhancing Human Security and Building Resilient Societies in Disadvantaged Communities of Armenia” project, four seminars on “Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction Training through Participatory and Child-sensitive Approaches” were held in October for 52 school deputy directors of Amasia, Alaverdi, Tumanyan and Berd communities.
The workshops were aimed at teaching deputy directors on disaster preparedness and risk reduction through the use of participatory and child- sensitive approaches, as well as introducing a ”Guide for School Staff, Rapid Assessment of Physical Depreciation of School Buildings”.
For the 30th anniversary of the UN convention on the protection of children’s rights, Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform Foundation (DRR NP) and UNICEF are jointly implementing the “Safe Learning Environment for Children and Adolescent Participation” project.
The goal of the project is to strengthen adolescent participation in construction of resilient buildings, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability through the development of innovative technologies, life skills training and volunteering.
The project has started since May 2019 and some work has already been done.