Towards Safer School Construction: A Community-Based Approach

Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES)

This publication synthesizes the lessons from past community-based school construction programs and projects around the globe.

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Towards Safer School Construction – A Community-Based Approach provides guidance for school construction projects that have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Local school committees or community leaders contributing to the funding, planning, construction or oversight of school buildings in hazard-prone areas.
  • Construction that may enhance existing or planned disaster risk reduction education.
  • A local construction sector that does not already include robust hazard-resistant design, construction and oversight practice.
  • Combined post-disaster reconstruction and disaster risk reduction.


While the focus of the manual is on schools built through community-based processes, the guidelines may also enhance more traditional school construction processes, such as when government agencies directly build schools or hire contractors to do so

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Worldwide hazard-prone areas

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SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 4: Quality Education

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

The manual is intended primarily for use by humanitarian and development actors.

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