Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Progress sharing of School Research under SAFER Project held in Kathmandu

A progress sharing workshop of Seismic Safety and Resilience of Schools in Nepal (SAFER), a project focused on improving the seismic safety and resilience of schools in Nepal has been held in Kathmandu on April 24, 2019.

The event saw the participation of around 40 people from various organizations including academicians and researchers associated with national and international universities, representatives of development partners, officials from Government of Nepal and non governmental organizations.
With the view to share the progress of the research as part SAFER project, the workshop was organized jointly by Center for Education and Human Resource Division (CEHRD), University of Bristol, Seismic Safety and Resilience of Schools in Nepal (SAFER) and National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET). 

SAFER is a holistic and multi-disciplinary program for improving the earthquake-related safety of school buildings and the resilience of educational communities in Nepal. It is the consortium program of various partners; Bristol University, University of Southampton, California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), University at Buffalo, University of Roma Tre, NSET, Tribhuvan University, Institute of Engineering, Kathmandu University (KU), Arup International Development (ARUP-ID) and Save the Children. The Safer School Research Project has been divided into five work packages and various tasks which are scheduled to be accomplished in three years.

The main objective of SAFER is to take global development challenges in Nepal through engineering research for sustainable infrastructure and Disaster Resilience through a multi-disciplinary consortium of geographical and structural engineers, engineering seismologists, ICT experts, earth scientists from academia, social scientists, policy makers, financial experts, and humanitarian and stakeholders.

During the program, altogether 12 presentations including presentations from NSET, Save The Children, CEHRD, NRA-CLPIU(Education), IoE, KU and JICA were made. The consortium partners of SAFER School Research Project also shared the research progress on various issues as follows:

1. Geodatabase for the Kathmandu Valley and Seismic Hazard Assessment.
2. MobileApp and WebApp Platform for Managing School Inspectors at a National Level.
3. Laboratory Testing of Masonry and Stone Schools in Nepal. Natural Isolation and Superstructure Engineering.
4. Structural Vulnerability of Schools in Nepal.
5. Seismic resilience of Educational Communities.

The workshop began with brief opening ceremony where Professor Anastasios Sextos from University of Bristol (Principle Investigator of the Program), Prof. Dr. Prem Nath Maskey from Institute of Engineering (IOE) and Mr. Ghana Shyam Paudel put forth their opening remarks about the prospect of the sharing workshop. Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Executive Director of NSET, welcomed and clarified the objectives of the workshop.

The program ended with a brief concluding remarks from Professor Sextos of University of Bristol and Uddhav Raj Poudel of NRA/CLPIU-Education. 


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