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Safe Schools for All

Good Practices

The best practice is a compilation of actions that have achieved significant and successful results when used by organizations or companies. It is important to learn and use the best practice findings during planning and updating strategies and actions of schools as not to re-invent the wheel and most importantly, study the great ideas and mistakes of the others in the same situation.

Because of the recent crises and natural disaster that has been lead to increase death toll in education centers, establishing a committee to improve school’s safety level was forced. So the government of I.R. Iran decided to plan on the seismic risk reduction of schools in 2006. This subject has been suggested by Organization for Development, Reconstruction and Equipping of Schools of I.R. Iran to parliament and fortunately it was welcomed and confirmed. For this purpose, the law on renovation and retrofitting of schools has been approved by the parliament therefore the required budget has been enacted via the parliament and almost all of it has been allocated by the government.

Fig.1 shows the status of school building based on the number of classroom in 2006. As shown in this figure, safe schools percentage is just 37 and it is obvious that an emergency action to upgrade safety level of schools was needed. Improvement in safety level of student’s life from 2006 up to now is due to financial support of government and public contribution. The Government of I.R. Iran has allocated more than US$ 4.5 billion between 2006-2014 in the renovation and retrofitting of schools led to the resilient school infrastructure and increase safety  level of students from 37 per cent in 2006 to 67 per cent in 2014 as shown in follow figures. Such experience in mobilizing relevant budget for domestic safe school implementation can serve as role model for other countries.

Fig.1 shows security level of student’s life in 2006 that is only involved 37 out of 100 and the Fig.2 is investigating the same factor in 2014. By comparing these data, a 30 per cent increase in the safety level is completely obvious since during an eight-year period of time.


Figure 1: Life Safety in 2006


Figure 2: Life Safety in 2014