Safety of school children has always been of utmost priority for GeoHazards Society (GHS). GHS has been instrumental in creating comprehensive safe schools in Delhi that have become models for school safety projects nationally.
To download GHS School Safety App please click here
GHS also conducts training programs for school safety advocates in partnership with State governments including Orissa, Delhi, Assam, etc. and Training of Trainers programs for the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). A brief write up is here.
Working with Corporates
GHS has worked with various corporates on promoting comprehensive school safety and have an ongoing project with Thales Foundation in Dharamshala where we carry out School safety activities in various Tibetan schools. As a part of the project, GHS has also developed a School Safety App with support from Thales Foundation. The app has various modules including detailed school profile, hazard profile of the school, School hazards identification, the formation of disaster management teams, development of evacuation plans, Guidance for conducting drills, preparing drill reports etc. The app is the first-of-its-kind and was formally launched in National Institute of Disaster Management on 6.6.2017 by Shri Kamal Kishor, Member NDMA, and Dr. Santosh Kumar, ED, NIDM. To download the app please click here
Bechtel Foundation and GHS
In Gurgaon, we have worked with the corporate sector in promoting comprehensive school safety and have completed a project with Bechtel Foundation in which we trained Bechtel employee volunteers to carry out School safety activities in various private schools in Gurgaon. An annual report for the year 2009 & an interim report for 2010 is here.
Activities in Delhi
Nine school safety project
National School Safety Program (District East)
Activities in other states:
Activities with other Organizations
World Vision India
GHS conducted two-day School Safety Training of Trainers session for staff of World Vision India along with school teachers in Nagpur, Guwahati, and Patna. Along with this GHS also prepared few visual aids for the trainers to carry out the training in their respective schools.
Save the Children
GHS assisted Save the Children, Delhi with School Safety Program in two districts of Delhi. GHS developed a training module for the school teachers and conducted a number of training of trainers session for teachers and employees of Save the Children who would replicate the program in others schools. The program ended with testing of school disaster preparedness plan in the form of a school preparedness drill and was highly appreciated by everyone.
GHS also conducted Rapid Visual Screening of 35 schools across the country for Save the Children.
Working with Private Schools
GHS has partnered with Takshila Education Society and is assisting them to prepare the schools managed by them for various hazards. GHS has completed work in DPS Ludhiana where all the teachers, non-teaching staff, security guards and bus driver and conductors were sensitized. GHS assisted the school with Non-Structural risk assessment and demonstrated how to mitigate the risk. The school has developed a disaster preparedness plan and is testing it from time to time in the form of preparedness drills.
GHS conducted Hazard Vulnerability Capacity Risk in few of Delhi’s Private school such as Tagore International, East of Kailash, St. Paul’s Diocesan School, Jangpura, Fr. Agnel School and Don Bosco School, Alaknanda. GHS conducted structural and falling hazard assessment of the school and shared a detailed report with these schools along with recommendations.
For the first time in the country, an earthquake risk mitigation project considered aspects of falling hazards mitigation with the GHI & GHS project – Delhi Earthquake Safety Initiative for Lifeline Buildings (DESI). In urban earthquakes, it has been seen that almost 50% of the losses are caused by the falling of objects inside buildings in moderate to strong earthquake shaking and are called falling hazards. GHI & GHS demonstrated falling hazards mitigation in many school buildings around the country. Manual on falling hazards mitigation in schools developed by GHI & GHS is available for free download.
Non-Structural Risk Reduction Handbook for Schools is a manual which deals with the Falling Hazards Mitigation in a school building. Please click here to download the manual.
Working with Blind Relief Association
GHS has been partnering with the Blind Relief Association, New Delhi to develop it into a comprehensive disaster prepared campus.
Working with Action for Autism
GHS and GHI together with Action for Autism, New Delhi has come forward to work for Comprehensive Disaster Preparedness at Action for Autism Campus in New Delhi.
Tibetan School ShakeOut
GeoHazards Society is organizing the Tibetan School Shakeout across the Tibetan Schools in India in collaboration with GeoHazards International and the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA). This effort is a conjunction with Tibetan schools under Central Tibetan School Administration, Sambhota Tibetan School Administration, and Tibetan Children Village. For detail click here.