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Strategic approaches for developing a culture of safety management in schools: Indications from literature studies

Sithulisiwe Bhebhe, Tawanda Runhare, Ratau J. Monobe
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 11, No 2 | a694 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v11i2.694 | © 2019 Sithulisiwe Bhebhe, Tawanda Runhare & Ratau J. Monobe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 June 2018 | Published: 04 July 2019

About the author(s)

Sithulisiwe Bhebhe, Faculty of Education, University of Swaziland, Kwaluseni,
Tawanda Runhare, School of Education, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Ratau J. Monobe, School of Education, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa


Natural disasters can take away children’s lives and their right to quality education. This article identifies and discusses strategies that schools can employ to prepare for and minimise the effects of natural disasters. Using theoretical propositions and literature on disaster management, the article discusses strategies for the prevention of and preparedness to respond to and recovery from natural disasters within a school setting. Evidence from research indicates that there are basic principles and practices of disaster management that school management and learners may not be aware of. Based on the identified theoretical principles and practices for disaster management, the article concludes that both state and non-state parties have disaster management responsibilities and therefore should formulate and disseminate the basic principles and practices of disaster prevention, preparedness and post-disaster therapy to schools because of the vulnerability of children to disaster. In addition, it also recommends that disaster management should be included in the school curricula through subjects like geography, science, social studies or civic education and life orientation or skills training.


Natural Disasters; Disaster Preparedness; Disaster Management; Post-Disaster Therapy; Child Security; Disaster Prevention; Civic Education


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