Enhancing School Accessibility in Comayagua, Honduras


In Comayagua, Honduras, the Marcelino Pineda Elementary School is witnessing positive changes, thanks to World Bank and GFDRR initiatives. These efforts are focused on making schools more inclusive for persons with disabilities, notably by adding ramps. Darlin Elvir Gonzalez, a parent, appreciates these improvements and reflects on her own childhood challenges in accessing education due to a lack of such facilities. This initiative marks a significant step toward educational inclusivity in Honduras.

Designing Schools of the Future to Build Education Resilience post COVID-19

2020 Understanding Risk Forum - Community Session 37: Case studies highlight the need that we have witnessed in our work for contemporary design standards for school infrastructure that go beyond the traditional ‘cells and bells’ typologies that have been used for nearly a century and respond to new pedagogies, evolving functional and community requirements, and an increased need for flexibility and redundancy. 

Implementation of the Roadmap for Safer and Resilient Schools in Cali, Colombia

Many school buildings in Cali are vulnerable to strong earthquakes. Therefore, the municipality has identified the need to design a seismic risk reduction strategy as part of a twelve-year Master Plan for School Infrastructure. To that end, with the World Bank’s technical assistance, the municipality implemented a methodology developed by the Global Program for Safer Schools: the Roadmap for Safer and Resilient Schools.

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