Memorandum of Understanding in Support to “Pakistan School Safety Framework Scale-Up in 500 Schools of ICT (Model Pilot)”

Islamabad 30 November 2017

Gender and Child Cell (GCC), NDMA, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), on Pakistan School Safety Framework Scale-Up in ICT (Model Pilot) on 30 November, 2017.

National Disaster Management of Pakistan (NDMA) has formulated Pakistan School Safety Framework (PSSF) to strengthen the awareness and preparedness of students, teachers as well as the community at large, regarding hazards and potential risks. PSSF was pretested through a Pilot in 68 schools in all provinces, including ICT, AJK and GB. Owing to its monumental success, NDMA has decided to scale-up the School Safety Programme at the ICT level, which would primarily include PSSF Scale-Up in ICT Model Schools, Private Schools and Madrassas. This PSSF Scale Up will be carried out in 500 schools in two phases of 250 schools each.

This MoU envisages institutional cooperation and long-term mutual collaboration between the two organizations, for PSSF Scale-Up initiatives in ICT schools that fall under FDE jurisdiction. FDE will support and facilitate NDMA in conducting trainings and monitoring of the projects in selected schools.

The MoU was signed by Lt. Gen Omar Mahmood Hayat, Chairman NDMA and Mr. Hasnat Qureshi, Director General (DG), FDE. Speaking at the occasion, Chairman NDMA stated that the partnership will support NDMA’s concerted efforts to make PSSF document more practical and adaptable by the education sector stakeholders, as best practice in their respective jurisdictions. DG FDE welcomed the opportunity to work with NDMA and said that the MoU will further strengthen the education sector by inculcating disaster resilience in schools vulnerable to both natural and human-induced hazards.