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delegates to the Latin American Conference on Regional Integration of Risk Reduction in the Education Sector, representing 31 governments of the region, meeting in the city of Panama, 12 to 14 October 2011, Inspired in: the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) in Kobe (2005) and the Hyogo Framework on increasing the resilience of nations and communities to disasters, for the period 2005-2015, the declaration of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), the Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crisis and Early Recovery of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), the strategies to implement the Hemispheric Action Plan for Disaster Reduction of the Inter-American Program on Education, the conclusions of the Regional Meetings and Latin American Fora on Risk Management Education held in 2006, 2008 and 2010, the work carried out by the Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention and Response (CAPRADE), Central American Integration System (SICA), Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC), Coordinator for Education and Culture in Central America (CECC), Andean Community Disaster
as well as to develop content and practices for emergency prevention and response and 2 . Verify: that recurring disasters and crisis affecting impoverished regions may multiply the effects of catastrophes. over education opportunities for children. that frequently the right to education is significantly altered in disaster and crisis situations. Recognize: that the right to education includes the safety of educational facilities and disaster risk prevention education. adolescents and youth. protect and develop it without discrimination. Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). Believe: that education has the potential to save lives by offering safe spaces for learning. which reveals a devastating impact on school infrastructure. thereby denying the students the right to the transforming effects of quality education.Prevention Commission Proclaim: Support Project (PREDECAN). learning activities and. Pan American Health Organization and European that education is a fundamental human right of all individuals and we renew our commitment to respect. in general.
favoring the inclusion of their parents and guardians in education policies and programs. local.provide support. structure and hope to people. national and regional risk and disaster reduction efforts. especially in States less capable of facing their consequences. that the use of school as shelters during disasters has caused the suspension of education processes for long periods. Renew: our aspiration to integrate the education sector into institutional and community. our determination to include concerted actions to protect children. facilitating decision making for survival and caring for themselves and others. Considering: that in the last forty years disasters and chronic crisis have destroyed thousands of schools in Latin America and the Caribbean. our conviction that it is possible to reverse the vulnerability to the growing impact of disasters and crises. 3 . in particular those still not of school age. through the construction of participatory cultures that would contribute to increase the levels of safety and resilience of education systems and communities. Declare: that disaster risk reduction constitutes an obligation of the States and therefore a priority for the Ministries and Secretariats of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.
among others. to enable them to participate in preparedness. that the culture of prevention finds optimum conditions to be strengthened in schools and contributes to developing the exercise of social rights and responsibilities. indigenous communities and migrants. Based on the above. ethnic minorities. institutions and national. disabled persons. that it is urgent to recover traditional knowledge. people with HIV/AIDS. the Ministers of Education and governmental delegates from Latin America and the Caribbean. especially among farmer and indigenous communities.that education should promote integrated formation processes to allow people to understand the origin of risk. that the task of reducing disaster risk is part of a larger scope strategy linked to sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. as well as the characteristics and consequences of disasters. that teachers and other school staff need information. training and support to respond to problems deriving from emergency situations. that there can be no delay in organizations. response and recovery work. girls and adolescents. that de facto inequalities and discrimination decrease education opportunities and in disaster contexts are exacerbated for women. agree: 4 . regional and international agencies reinforcing integrated and complementary disaster risk management actions in Latin America and the Caribbean. who have indispensable knowledge and skills for disaster response.
in particular. preparedness. with the participation of the communities and local development organization. to design and implement accelerated teacher training and formation plans and programs on risk management and disaster management and recovery. adaptable and acceptable. to enable improving the quality of disaster risk management education. disaster prevention and monitoring. we commit to adopt minimum standards and to develop and to apply quantitative and qualitative indicators and effective evaluation systems. warehouses or operations centers in disaster situations. to design and implement concrete plans to avoid emotional and physical and. risk assessment.to incorporate into institutional plans and curriculum design. to make disaster risk prevention and mitigation education resources and opportunities accessible. plans and processes related to disaster risk management decisions. at all education levels and modes. to guarantee equal access of women and vulnerable groups to training and education opportunities and to incorporate the gender perspective in all policies. affordable. the characterization of knowledge on natural events. response. in the training requirements for students and teachers and in linking schools with the communities where they are located. 5 . sexual exploitation against girls and young women as a consequence of disasters. based on the internal safety needs of schools. recovery. as a function of the vulnerability characteristics in each country. For this purpose. using attendance and at a distance teaching models. vulnerability. within the framework of national and local policies and plans on the topic. to take the necessary measures to avoid schools being used as shelters.
to establish and enforce strict codes for incorporating the concept of disaster safety in the standard requirements for infrastructure projects. in the terms established by the Dakar Framework for Action. We appeal to the international community.to promote the transfer of knowledge through association and cooperation between countries. security and physical. with projection at community and national level. Education For All. for the purpose of gradually improving and strengthening them. retrofitting and assessment of school facilities. 6 . adopted at the World Education Forum in 2000. to strengthen coordination and cooperation links with public institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean responsible for health. construction. remodeling. which due to financial limitations may not be able to implement disaster risk management in the education sector. for which we agree to document and disseminate best disaster risk management practices among education systems. to foster the establishment of formal structures in universities to provide coordinated support. to begin school facility vulnerability assessment programs. nutrition and shelters. including natural and technological hazards. so that the safety. UN System agencies and cooperation organizations: To increase economic cooperation for States committed to the right to education. cognitive and psychological wellbeing of individuals can be guaranteed as a priority. water and sanitation. at physical and operational levels. to promote funding of disaster risk management projects and actions in the education sector from national budgets. repair. protection. to the various components of the national disaster prevention and emergency response systems.
in response to the principles established in this Declaration. international agencies and organizations. in order to improve the impact of cooperation on education. to promote integrated protection of vulnerable populations. adapting them to the reality of the countries. as well as children and 7 . To execute these agreements. we propose: to constitute the Regional Thematic Platform for disaster risk management in the education sector. to strengthen the coordination between donor countries. that will allow guaranteeing the sustainability of the actions they undertake. implementation and assessment in education. to expand their collaboration with official national organizations and to intensify their participation in disaster risk management planning. in accordance with the guidelines established by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). risk and hazard prevention and response. in order to provide more coherent and effective implementation of the principles contained in this Declaration. as well as the objectives technically defined by the States.to plan and channel resources through regional and bilateral agreements. to develop information systems that will enable quantification of education safety and infrastructure needs and that include disaster prevention and mitigation criteria and the requirements for the implementation of education policies to reduce vulnerability. favoring a better distribution of field work. as well as the combined regional strategies for disaster. to implement a regional model that includes the gender perspective and human rights.
United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and the Refugee Education Trust (RET). Inter-Agency Network of Education in Emergencies (INEE). Plan International. in the city of Panama. UNICEF. International Committee of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent. We approve this Declaration. We would like to express our deep appreciation to the Government of the Republic of de Panama and it particular to its Ministry of Education.youths and their participation in the design of disaster risk prevention and management strategies in the education sector. Save the Children Alliance. 8 . Republic of Panama. on the 14th day of the month of October of 2011. for organizing this Conference and we urge them to undertake all necessary efforts to disseminate this Declaration. committing to the agreements. United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). as well as UNESCO.
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