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TOPIC :“Children and Opening Educational Institutions – Living with Pandemic”
Prime Ministers’ 10 Point Agenda on DRM: Agenda No. 2,5 and 9”

Organized by : NIDM & Zone4Solution, New Delhi 13th November 2020 (on the eve of 14th Nov, 2020 Bal Divas)

Date: 13th November 2020
Time: 10:00 to 12:45



The pandemic Covid-19 has spread over whole world and compelled the human society to maintain social distancing. It has significantly disrupted the education sector which is a critical determinant of a country’s economic future. According to the UNESCO report, it had affected more than 90% of total world’s student population during mid April 2020 which is now reduced to nearly 67% during June 2020. Outbreak of COVI-19 has impacted more than 120 crores of students and youths across the planet. In India, more than 32 crores of students have been affected by the various restrictions and the nationwide lockdown for COVI-19. As per the UNESCO report, about 14 crores of primary and 13 crores of secondary students are affected which are two mostly affected levels in India. Though it is an exceptional situation in the history of education, COVID provided an opportunity to come out of the rigorous classroom teaching model to a new era of digital model. But latter on all realized that the lockdown has taught so many lessons to manage with the emergence of such pandemics. Thus, COVID created many challenges and opportunities for the educational institutes to strengthen their infrastructure (Pravat, 2020a). The lockdown has given them a ray of hope for teachers and students to continue their educational activities through online.

With unlock of system and society as per advisories issued by Government of India now it is proposed to reopen the schools Reopening schools and universities will bring unquestionable benefits to students and the wider economy. In addition, reopening schools will bring economic benefits to families by enabling some parents to return to work. Those benefits, however, must be carefully weighed against the health risks and the requirement to mitigate the toll of the pandemic. Several steps can be taken to manage the risks related to school reopening, including physical distancing measures, establishing hygiene protocols, revising personnel and attendance policies, and investing in staff training on appropriate measures to cope with the virus. However, the challenges do not end with the immediate crisis. In particular, spending on education may be compromised in the coming years

Therefore, keeping in view the vulnerability of area and exposure of untrained school children, it becomes imperative to have a discussion on safety measures to be adopted for school reopening. Education, public awareness and proper training for enhancing the capacity is the cornerstone of approaches aimed at reducing vulnerabilities to natural hazards

In view of above Zone4soluntions and NIDM is jointly organizing one day webinar pertaining to school safety for ensuring safer learning environment for the children in school after reopening. In this workshop representative from Department of Education from Central, State and District level will be participating. In addition to them education officers, principles, teachers across all the States/ UTs, NGOs/ CBOs working in the field of school safety will be participating.

The objectives of the training pack are as follow:

  • a. To have an orientation on Disaster Risk Reduction in India.
  • b. To enhance conceptual understanding upon impact of school safety activities on Risk Reduction and sharing of best practices.
  • c. To develop competencies of the participants to reinitiate educational institutions adapting to COVID specific behaviour.
  • d. To enable the participants to implement the School Disaster Plan adapting to the impact of COVID19.

Session Plan

Time Speaker Topic
10:00 to 10:30 Inaugural Session Programme Initiation: Shri Ashish Panda, NIDM – 3 mnts.
Inaugural Address: Shri Manaoj Bindal, ED, NIDM – 6 mnts
Key Note Address Speech by Shri Rajendra Singh, Member, NDMA - 6 mnts.
Special Address – Shri Anurag Tripathi Sec CBSE – 6 mnts
Special Address – Principal APJ Noida – 6 mnts
Special Address – ADM, West Delhi – 6 mnts
Context Setting by Mr. Nakul Tarun, Director, Zone4Solutions –3 mnts.
10:30 to 10:45 Shri Ashish Kumar Panda, Consultant and Faculty Member Covid 19 – Sensitization
Children and their Stress during Lockdown
10:45 to 11:00 Shri Nakul Tarun, Director, Zone4Solution School Safety from the point of Pandemics
11.00 to 11.15 One Student, One Teacher and One Parent (5 mnt each) Apprehensions of students and parents
11:15 to 11:30 Shri Balwant Singh Safety Expert from APJ School Measures Taken by Schools for Covid Resilience and Protection Success Story I
11:30 to 11:45 Principal SoS school, Faridabad Impact of school safety activities in making learning environment safer for children and sharing experience of SDMP implementation.
11:45 to 12:00 Er. Awdhesh Kumar, Invertis S&T Innovations for Pandemic Safety in Schools
12:00 to 12:15 Prof. Anil K. Gupta, NIDM Pandemic Resilience and Way Forward
12:15 to 12:45 Remarks Valedictory Address Vote of Thanks JD, NIDM
Dr. Nitin Malik, Registrar, Ambedkar University, Delhi.
Shri Suneel Sharma, Vice President Zone4solutions