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|A girl cries during a commemorative gathering for students who were killed when their school collapsed during the earthquake in Sichuan Province, China.|
NEW YORK, USA, 25 June 2008 – With an estimated 10,000 child fatalities from school collapses in the Sichuan earthquake in China, safe school construction has become a central issue for parents, governments and the international development community. Are such catastrophes easily preventable? Why do some schools collapse and not others? Is it simply a matter of better construction?
Earthquake experts, architects and humanitarian aid workers have been working to set higher building standards – especially where children are concerned. What more can they do to ensure communities that their children will be safe at school?
Click here to listen to a UNICEF Radio podcast discussion on natural disasters and school construction, with a focus on the recent earthquake in China and the experience of the 2004 Asian tsunami, featuring these guests:
Kate Stohr, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity and co-editor of the book, ‘Design Like you Give a Damn’; Dr. Brian Tucker, founder and President of GeoHazards International; and Dr. Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF's Representative in Indonesia.
'Beyond School Books'
The following stories are part of the 'Beyond School Books' series focusing on education during emergencies.
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Segment #79: Two young activists on driving change
Segment #78: Africa's young innovators at the center of sustainable development
Segment #77: Putting learning at the centre of education
Segment #76: The right of indigenous people to education that's appropriate to their culture is recognized. But is it realized?