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Acknowledgements The development of this manual has been made possible through funding from the Global Facility of Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) to Save the Children. It is the result of a year-long global consultation process with construction specialists and development practitioners involved in community-based approaches to safer school construction. The project has been managed by Save the Children with the ongoing guidance, support and input from a steering committee comprising of UNESCO, Arup International Development, GFDRR, Risk RED and Save the Children. Lead Authors: Rebekah Paci-Green and Bishnu Pandey from Risk RED with support from Julian Theberge. Steering committee and editors: Nick Ireland, Save the Children; Vica Bogaerts, GFDRR; Hayley Gryc, Arup International Development; Jair Torres, UNESCO; Michele Young, Save the Children. Contributors who provided input through interviews with Risk RED and participated in a review workshop in February 2015: Surya Prasad Acharya, National Society for Earthquake Technology‐Nepal (NSET); Sanjaya Bhatia, UNISDR Global Education and Training Institute; Dominic Courage, Save the Children; Amod Dixit, National Society for Earthquake Technology‐Nepal (NSET); Fernando Ferreiro, UN-Habitat; Edgar Armando Peña Figueroa, University of El Salvador; Adriana Giuliani, Save the Children; Annika Grafweg, independent consultant; Stefano Grimaz, Sprintlab University of Udine; Manu Gupta, Seeds India; Iwan Gunawan, World Bank; Seki Hirano, Catholic Relief Services (CRS); Anup Karanth, TARU Leading Edge Pvt Ltd; Amit Kumar, Aga Khan Development Network; Kate Landry, Build Change; Aubrey Malcolm-Green, Sabre Trust; Charles Mwendo Newman, Kounkuey Design Initiative; Khizer Omer, Independent Consultant; Claudio Osorio, Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE); Andrew Powell, Independent Consultant; Amy Parker, Children in Crisis; Marla Petal, Save the Children; Hari Darshan Shrestha, Tribhuvan University Nepal; Andres Moreno Sierra, Los Andes University Colombia. The Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GADRRRES) is a multi-stakeholder mechanism composed of UN agencies, international organisations, and global networks. The aim of this group is to promote a comprehensive approach to DRR education based on education policy, plans, and programmes that are aligned with disaster management at national, regional, district and local school site levels. www.gadrrres.net The development of this manual is a contribution to the GADRRRES working group for ‘Safe learning facilities’. Contributors who provided input through interviews, surveys or feedback on draft material: Mehmet Emin Akdogan, UN‐ Habitat; Nana Osei Akumia, Jr, USAID; Dominic Bond, Sabre Trust; Peuvchenda Bun, Plan International; Svetlana Brzev, British Columbia Institute of Technology; Pasquale Capizzi, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHabitat); Bill Flinn, Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP), Oxford Brookes University; Hadi Husani, Aga Khan Development Network; Elizabeth Hausler Strand, Build Change; Carlos Vasquez, UNICEF; and affiliates of UNESCO’s Reducing Earthquake Losses in the Extended Mediterranean Region (RELEMR) and Reducing Earthquake Losses in the South Asia Region (RELSAR) programs. Student volunteers studying disaster risk reduction at Western Washington University were instrumental in the transcription process. Copy editing: Marian Reid. Graphics: Enkhbayar Munkh-Erdene, Western Washington University. Maps: Makie Matsumoto-Hervol and Stefan Freelan, Western Washington University. Design: Sophie Everett and Jennifer Jones, Creative Services, Save the Children Australia. Cover photo: Veejay Villafranca/Save The Children