More education, less risk: Strengthening disaster risk reduction and resilience through education

Through this project, "we can play and learn how to be more prepared to face an earthquake” -Ana, 11 years old.


Access to quality education helps build sustainable societies that are resilient to disasters.

Through this project, UNESCO, Save the Children and Plan International are therefore building a culture of safety and resilience in the region of South America, through education for disaster risk reduction, and creating safe and protective educational environments. To do so, UNESCO is working with policy-makers, universities and young people to increase the resilience of educational institutions and local communities in at-risk regions.

Geographical scope: Regional (South America), with special focus on Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru.


There are 3 areas of intervention:

1. Support to regional, national and local authorities to lead and implement the Comprehensive School Safety Framework.

2. Strengthen the role of universities in risk management, reaching local and educational communities.

3. Facilitate activities led by girls, boys and young people that aim to reduce vulnerability and increase the resilience of educational institutions and local communities, underlining rights and protection principles.



2015 - 2017

100% Complete (danger)



More Education Less Risk contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 4 Quality education, by making schools safe and increasing resilience of learning institutions and communities;
  • SDG 11 Inclusive and safe cities, by integrating disaster risk management in the education sector to increase awareness of the effects and causes of disasters.



This project is funded by the European Union's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO).


Additional Resources

UNESCO Office in Santiago