Seminar on disaster risk reduction in School Level Improvement Planning (SLIP) held in Narayangonj

Thursday 11 May 2017

A seminar on disaster risk reduction in School Level Improvement Planning (SLIP) was held on the 25 April 2017 at the District Education Office, Naryanganj. DRR inclusion in SLIP is already highlighted in government policy, however, the implementation of this policy is greatly lacking, thus the relevant bodies need to be sensitized and encouraged to take steps towards starting this initiative. The focus of the event was to sensitise education authorities and school teachers on the importance of considering DRR in their SLIP, in the hope that this will kick start the policy implementation process in the near future. The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Primary Education and supported by Save the Children. SC’s SLIP initiatives under the Proyash project are implemented in the districts of Narayanganj, Savar and Mirpur. The hope is that the Ministry of Primary Education will continue their sensitization efforts in other districts.

Md. Shahin Mia, Education Officer, Ministry of Primary Education, gave the Key Note Speech, stating how we all have a responsibility to implement this initiative and how these SLIP documents are crucial pieces of evidence that highlight and advocate for the need of DRR in schools. Syeda Mahfuza Khatun, Deputy Director – Training, Ministry of Primary Education (previously District Primary Education Officer, Narayanganj) spoke at the event as a Special Guest. Indu Bhuson Deb, Divisional Deputy Director, Primary Education, Dhaka Division was present as Chief Guest. He mentioned how this initiative is one that can provide long term solutions to reducing risks in schools and that effort should be taken to raise awareness of SLIP, so that it is a policy which is implemented and not just left on paper. Also present were: Md. Mujib Alam, District Primary Education Officer (Acting), Narayanganj; Syed Matiul Ahsan, Senior Manager DRR & CCA, Save the Children, who spoke about Save the Children’s role in this initiative and the importance of DRR in education; and Tahmina Jesmin Mita, Deputy Executive Director of SEEP (Social Economic Enhancement Project).