by Sarah Ireland
Save the Children, April 2016
This report seeks to shine a light on the continuing impact that disasters have on education by profiling five specific events that struck the Asia-Pacific region in 2015 – the earthquakes in Nepal, floods in Indonesia and Myanmar, Typhoon Koppu in the Philippines, and Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. Some of the profiles are of large disasters such as that in Nepal, while others are recurring disasters that force children out of school on an annual or semi-annual basis, such as the typhoons in the Philippines or floods in Indonesia. Many of these are not identified as major disasters by any national or international declaration. As part of its regional initiative “Education Safe from Disasters”, Save the Children’s ambition is for zero children killed or injured in schools and zero days of schooling lost when a disaster strikes in Asia and the Pacific.