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Pakistan: Making Schools Safer - Field Diaries

13 January 2016

Mubashir (right) interviews teachers implementing conflict-sensitive education in Peshawar










In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province, northwest Pakistan, both natural and man-made disasters are a constant threat. The province is extremely vulnerable to earthquakes and flooding. In October 2015, KPK was among the areas affected by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake that hit the Hindu Kush. 

Moreover, militant groups operating in the region oppose the education of girls and the employment of female teachers, meaning that schools are a target. On 16th December 2014, Pakistan experienced the deadliest terrorist attack in its history when gunmen launched an assault on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar, KPK, claiming 150 lives, including those of 132 children.

RedR UK has been active in Pakistan since 2005. Since 2014, we have been working in partnership with schools and communities throughout KPK to ensure that children know how to react when disaster - whether natural or man-made - strikes.

During the week of 21st December 2015, RedR UK’s Pakistan Country Representative Mubashir Fida travelled to the province to report back on the impact the project has had. You can read his field diaries here: 

All photos © Usman Ghani for RedR UK 

This project is supported by the Clothworkers’ Foundation, alongside several private donors.


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