The objective of the
project is to improve the resilience of school infrastructure
in Burkina Faso and Senegal by supporting the respective Ministries of Education in integrating climate
resilience and risk reduction considerations into the planning, design and
construction of new school facilities while also improving the quality of
learning environments. The project’s focus on disaster resilience will reduce
the impact of future climate events on schools and ensure that schools achieve
basic quality standards to promote learning. The technical assistance in both countries begins with a rapid
diagnostic to identify key areas of risk and priority interventions. In Burkina Faso, these findings will inform a subsequent phase of technical assistance to address these risks and priorities in the context of school construction activities
under the ongoing IPF as well as in the broader planning, prioritization and scaling up of
future climate-resilient, learning-oriented school infrastructure investments
in the country. The grant in both countries will leverage the experience of the World Bank’s
Global Program for Safer Schools (GPSS) to build the capacity of school
infrastructure planning and implementation units within the Ministries of
Education of both countries and at municipal levels through the development of risk-informed and resilience-focused processes and tools as well as
trainings for key stakeholders. A key feature of the technical assistance will be to leverage and/or further enhance
existing community-based mechanisms to support resilience-building and
emergency preparedness for school infrastructure and communities.

Sendai Priorities

Priority 1Understanding disaster risk
Priority 2Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
Priority 3Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
Priority 4Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction