The program continues to draw lessons learned from its country engagements worldwide in line with the Bank’s global efforts to support resilient infrastructure and the human capital project. By focusing in school infrastructure, the World Bank, through the Program is contributing to the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES) and other global agreements under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. 

Each year, the impact of natural disaster and climate change around the world affect our children's education. They cause direct harm to students, teachers and the school community, damaging and destroying school infrastructure.  In the aftermath of a disaster the school community is exposed to physical and mental stress that interferes with school operations, teaching, and learning. Furthermore, the effort to bring children back to school and fully recover the education service is prolonged, often due to lengthy emergency response, recovery and reconstruction processes. Given these challenges, resilient school infrastructure is critical to ensuring good quality learning environments.

The Program aims to: 

  • Build evidence-based knowledge and tools to inform investments at scale to improve the safety and resilience of school infrastructure

  • Promote and facilitate the integration of risk reduction criteria into school infrastructure investments

  • Provide technical advice to developing countries on the design of medium term school infrastructure plans 

  • Support resilient recovery of school infrastructure affected by natural hazard events and climate change