Innovation in education

School safety and security

A safe and secure environment is a prerequisite for effective teaching and learning. Threats to the safety and security of people and property can arise from natural hazards – for example earthquake, floods and storms – or from human actions – such as vandalism, arson, and violent crime. While catastrophic events and human tragedies cannot be eliminated entirely, there is a role for facility designers, institutional managers, emergency response teams, and post-crisis intervention in mitigating their negative impact.

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OECD publications and articles on school safety and security.

Additional references: GeoHazards International (GHI), National Alliance for Safe Schools (United States);

OECD in the News: New York Times; Herald Tribune; Bloomsberg Press.




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