- School safety -
Tag staff were on hand in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar on May 2-3, 2008, killing more than 84,530 people. In addition to the devastating loss of life, much property, including major public buildings, were damaged or destroyed.
Cyclone Nargis was the most devastating natural disaster in the recent history of Myanmar. The Irrawaddy Delta was one of the worst-hit areas in terms of destruction of schools, with about 200 schools wrecked by the cyclone.
Had the community been better-prepared, losses could have been lessened. To mitigate the effects of future disasters, Tag implemented a school safety project sharing expertise in disaster preparedness, mitigation and response. Cyclone Nargis emphasized the need for integrated disaster risk reduction measures across the cyclone-damaged zone.
Tag facilitated an intensive ten-day assessment of the school safety situation in Myanmar, executed by its partners YAKKUM (Christian Foundation for Public Health and disaster relief organization) and All India Disaster Mitigation Institute professionals in November 2010 in consultation with local village leaders, policy makers and school principals.
In March, 2011, Tag partnered with LEAD (Link Emergency Aid and Development), a Yangon based NGO, to bring practitioners, professionals and community leaders from schools and the affected villagers to Yangon for training in school safety. The project combined training teachers and principals along with community leaders and policy makers.
School Safety include training in creating disaster response plans for schools, updating manuals for schools and suggesting a prototype structure for a coordinating team. In line with Tag’s goal to increase regional cooperation around disaster response, this project involves cooperation from organisations in several countries: Israel (Weitz Institute), India (AIDMI), Myanmar (LEAD), Indonesia (YAKKUM), USA (JDC) and Tag (Britain).