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Central Asia Regional Forum on Safer and Resilient Learning Environments

October 8, 2019

Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

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  • The World Bank's Global Program for Safer Schools, funded by the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery, held a Central Asia Regional Forum on Safer and Resilient Learning Environments in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, on October 8, 2019.

    This Forum is part of an initiative to strengthen engagement with client countries, while promoting a debate on safer schools in the region.

    The Forum brought together high-level government officials, policy makers, and disaster risk management experts, as well as researchers, practitioners and key development partners from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

    The Forum examined the global perspective on school infrastructure safety and resilience. It also focused on the performance of school buildings in Central Asia. Particular emphasis was given to opportunities for solutions-at-scale geared toward safer and improved learning environments.

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    Time

    Sessions

    8.30 – 9.00am

    Registration

    9.00 – 9.15am

    Opening remarks

    Askarov Zamirbek, Vice Prime Minister, Kyrgyz Republic

    Lilia Burunciuc, Regional Director for Central Asia, World Bank

    Kanybek Isakov, Minister of Education and Science, Kyrgyz Republic

    Master of Ceremony: Mambetov Azamat Muratovich, State Secretary, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Kyrgyz Republic

    9.15 – 9.30am

    Session 1 – A global perspective on school infrastructure safety and resilience

    Why do school children die in earthquakes?

    Speaker: Fernando Ramirez Cortes, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank

    9.30 – 10.00am

    Coffee break

    10:00 – 11.00am

     

    Session 1 continued - Panel Discussion

    The Safer School Agenda in Central Asia: Policies and Priorities

    Panelists:

    ·         Nadira Syntashevna Dzhusupbekova, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Kyrgyz Republic

    ·         Shamil Khakimov, Doctor of Science, Academician, full member of International Academy of Engineering, Senior Researcher, Republic of Uzbekistan

    ·         Azizbek Niyozzoda, Head, Department of Science and Construction Norms Regulation of the Committee for Architecture and Construction under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan

    ·         Kuat Bairov, Deputy Director, AlmatyGenPlan, Republic of Kazakhstan

    ·         Ayse Hortacsu, Director of Projects, Applied Technology Council (ATC), USA

    Moderator: Fernando Ramirez Cortes

    11:00 – 11:15am

    Break

    11.15am – 12.45pm

    Session 2 – Performance of School Buildings in Central Asia
    1 – Lessons learned from past earthquakes and current efforts towards improving the performance of school buildings in Tajikistan

    Speaker: Pulod Aminzoda, Director, Institute of Geology, Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Academy of Sciences (IGEES), Republic of Tajikistan

     

    2 – Engineering challenges in assessing and ensuring the safety of schools in the face of earthquakes and other natural disasters - Using the experience of the Republic of Uzbekistan as an example

    Speaker: Shamil Khakimov, Doctor of Science, Academician, full member of International Academy of Engineering, Senior Researcher, Republic of Uzbekistan

    3 – Learning from evidence and new technologies to improve the resilience of school buildings

    Speakers:

    ·         Ulugbek Begaliev, Professor, International University of Innovation Technologies, International Association of Experts on Earthquake Engineering, Kyrgyz Republic

    ·         David Mar, Project Technical Director, Applied Technology Council (ATC), USA

    ·         Ilya Shleykov, Member of the Project Technical Committee, Applied Technology Council (ATC), USA

    12.45 – 2.00pm

    Lunch – Crostini Restaurant

    2.00 – 3.15pm

    Session 3 - Planning at scale
    1 – Design for scale: State Program for Safer Schools and Preschools in the Kyrgyz Republic

    Speakers: Zhyldyz Toktorbaeva, ERIK Project Implementation Unit, Kyrgyz Republic

     

    2 – School Building Retrofitting in Kazakhstan

    Speaker: Yeraly M. Shokbarov, Managing Director of Production, Kazakh Scientific and Research Institute of Construction and Architecture (KazNIISA), Republic of Kazakhstan


    3 – The Roadmap for Safer and Resilient Schools

    Speaker: Laisa Daza Obando, Consultant, World Bank

    3.15 – 3:30pm

    Coffee break

    3.30 – 4.45pm

    Session 4 – Creating the enabling environment to reach scale

    1 – Opportunities for a new generation of building regulations from recent updates in the Kyrgyz Republic

    Speakers:

    ·         Askatbek Sydykov, Director, State Institute of Earthquake-proof Construction and Engineering Design, Kyrgyz Republic

    ·         Ulugbek Begaliev, Professor, International University of Innovation Technologies, International Association of Experts on Earthquake Engineering, Kyrgyz Republic

     

    2 – Beyond safety: a better and inclusive learning environment for children

    Speaker: Tigran Shmis, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

     

    3 – Bringing innovation into the design of new school infrastructure

    Speaker: Rebecca Laberenne, Consultant, World Bank

    4.45 – 5.00pm

    Concluding remarks

    Samat Borubaev, State Secretary, State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Communal Services (SAACCS), Kyrgyz Republic

    Ko Takeuchi, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank

    5.30pm

    Reception

    • Askarov Zamirbek, Vice Prime Minister, Kyrgyz Republic (opening remarks)
    • Lilia Burunciuc, Regional Director for Central Asia, World Bank (opening remarks)
    • Kanybek Isakov, Minister of Education and Science, Kyrgyz Republic (opening remarks)
    • Mambetov Azamat Muratovich, State Secretary, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Kyrgyz Republic (Master of Ceremony)
    • Fernando Ramirez Cortes, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Program for Safer Schools, World Bank
    • Pulod Aminzoda, Director, Institute of Geology, Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Academy of Sciences (IGEES), Republic of Tajikistan
    • Shamil Khakimov, Doctor of Science, Academician, full member of International Academy of Engineering, Senior Researcher, Republic of Uzbekistan
    • Ulugbek Begaliev, International University of Innovation Technologies, International Association of Experts on Earthquake Engineering, Kyrgyz Republic
    • David Mar, Project Technical Director, Applied Technology Council (ATC), USA
    • Ilya Shleykov, Member of the Project Technical Committee, Applied Technology Council (ATC), USA
    • Zhyldyz Toktorbaeva, ERIK Project Implementation Unit, Kyrgyz Republic
    • Yeraly Shokbarov, Managing Director of Production, Kazakh Scientific and Research Institute of Construction and Architecture (KazNIISA)
    • Laisa Daza Obando, Consultant, Global Program for Safer Schools, World Bank
    • Askatbek Sydykov, Director, State Institute of Earthquake-proof Construction and Engineering Design (GISSiIP), Kyrgyz Republic
    • Tigran Shmis, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank
    • Rebecca Laberenne, Consultant, Global Program for Safer Schools, World Bank
    • Samat Borubaev, State Secretary, State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Communal Services (SAACCS), Kyrgyz Republic (closing remarks)
    • Ko Takeuchi, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, World Bank (closing remarks)

Details

  • When: October 8, 2019; 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Bishkek hotel, 191 Abdrahmanov Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic