Client: Crown Agents / FCDO (DFID)

Duration: April to August 2021

Thematic areas: DRR, Governance, Education

The Nepal Safer Schools Project (NSSP) was the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), funded initiative with the strategic objective of strengthening local capacity to build a sustainable and inclusive system of retrofitting and reconstructing school infrastructure thereby creating a safer learning environment for and building resilience among thousands of girls, boys, women, and men could have been underscored. NSSP was designed to ensure more disaster-resilient school buildings and activities in earthquake, flood, and landslide vulnerable areas. NSSP coordinated with Palikas and School Management Committees (SMC) to retrofit or reconstruct schools in 4 project districts in the Mid and Far West Nepal so that school buildings are structurally safe for students and teachers. The four project districts were Achham, Bardiya, Jumla, and Surkhet. The project was one of six components of the FCDO’s ‘Strengthening Disaster Resilience in Nepal’ that was geared towards building resilience and reducing the impact of natural disasters. Under this broad framework, NSSP had the “strategic objective of strengthening local capacity to build a sustainable and inclusive system of retrofitting and reconstructing school infrastructure thereby creating a safer learning environment for and building resilience among thousands of girls, boys, women, and men.”

The project was designed in line with the Comprehensive School Safety Framework (CSSF) which was developed by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector to promote school safety for risk reduction and resilience. Following the three pillars of the framework, including safe learning facilities, school disaster management, and risk reduction and resilience education, the NSSP aims to deliver 3 outputs:

Output 1: Safer learning facilities, particularly through seismically-resilient retrofitting and rebuilding. Municipalities and Gaunpalikas can upgrade and retrofit schools from allocated budgets in line with the School Sector Development Plan (SSDP) and Comprehensive School Safety Framework (CSSF).

Output 2: School-level disaster management promotion and disaster resilience education and awareness-raising; and

Output 3: National and local level technical assistance on safer learning facilities.

Progress Inc. carried out the end-line evaluation to understand the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, accountability, learning, sustainability, and impact of the project. As a part of the evaluation, an online Knowledge Attitude and Practice (KAP) survey was carried out to measures the changes brought upon by the project regarding the knowledge, attitude, and practices related to the school-based DRR amongst various stakeholders ranging from the students, teachers, headteachers and Palika representatives.