“ONE RECURRING THEME ACROSS ALL MY STUDIES was that schools are not just places of education but very often, especially in small communities, a hub of their communities. Communities look to schools as places of support and at principals and teachers as people who know what to do (even if that is not how they see themselves).
While each crisis context is new, there are some things we can learn from other on-going and post-disaster contexts. I have tried to provide advice for schools following any crisis based on my research in multiple disasters.”
-Professor Carol Mutch, Education Commissioner for UNESCO New Zealand and researcher in disaster response and recovery at the University of Auckland