KOHIMA, JUNE 9: The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Department of School Education (DoSE) and NagaEd today inked the Service level Agreement for implementation of Nagaland Disaster Management School Safety Policy (NDMSSP).
The agreement was signed by Commissioner & Secretary School Education Kevileno Angami, Commissioner & Secretary NSDMA Lhouchalie Viya and NagaEd operations manager Marina Dzuvichu in the presence of Joint CEO NSDMA Johnny Ruanggmei and Principal Director of School Education Thavaseelan K in the NSDMA conference hall in the Secretariat.
The NDMSSP for teachers is scheduled to be launched in December this year, it was informed.
The effort is to revolutionise school safety in Nagaland with a target of training 10000 teachers of both Government and private schools across the State.
In the first phase, 5000 teachers (4000 Government & 1000 private) will be trained within a year, informed Assistant Manager (Training & Education) NSDMA Khrolou Koza Lohe while giving an overview of the agreement.
School safety is a vital aspect of education, encompassing various challenges such as natural disasters, accidents, child abuse, bullying, violence and infectious diseases.
Recognising the importance of addressing these issues comprehensively, NSDMA has developed a comprehensive School Safety Policy that outlines guidelines and procedures for schools across Nagaland, it was informed.
With a shared vision of ensuring the well-being of students and staff, NSDMA, DSE and NagaEd are embarking on a groundbreaking project to digitise the School Safety Policy, enhancing its accessibility, understanding, and compliance, Lohe said.
The primary objective of the agreement is to train teachers on the subject of disaster management through online mode and also support in formulating their own individual school safety plan, she said.
It also plans to provide a safer workplace for both faculties and students in response to disaster through disaster preparedness measures, she said.
She informed that NagaEd will design and develop the digital compliance module and also provide technical support in rolling it out besides providing training on how to use the platform.
NSDMA would finance the course and act as the facilitator and interlocutor while the Department of School Education will provide the list of teachers for training and enforce such participants for certificate courses, Lohe said.
NagaEd will develop an interactive digital module that makes the policy easily understandable for schools and teachers, incorporating best practice learning design principles.
The collaboration aims to create a seamless and efficient process for schools to access and understand the policy, ensuring the safety of students and staff in Nagaland.
However, implementing the policy effectively across all schools across the State has its constraints due to resource requirements and remote locations.
To overcome these challenges, NSDMA & DoSE have partnered with NagaEd, known for its expertise in digital education and successful implementation of digitisation projects.
“We believe this partnership will revolutionise the way school safety is implemented and monitored in Nagaland”, said Johnny Ruangmei, Joint CEO of NSDMA.
Digitising the School Safety Policy is to empower schools with the tools they need to create safe learning environments, he said adding that this initiative aligns with the NSDMA’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens in the State.
Founder of NagaEd, Kevisato Sanyu expressing happiness about the collaboration said the firm is delighted to work with NSDMA & DoSE to ensure the safety of schools and students.
“By digitising the School Safety Policy, we can increase its reach and effectiveness, creating a safer environment for all stakeholders. Our aim is to empower schools with the necessary knowledge and tools to comply with the policy requirements and enhance the overall safety culture”, he said.
(Page News Service)