(EMU) – St. Kitts, November 23, 2018: A roadshow promoting the concept of safe schools and the implementation of the Model Safe School Programme (MSSP) in the Caribbean will be held during the week of November 26-30, 2018.
The Model Safe Schools Roadshow, which will take the format of a school assembly, and will share the message around school safety with the students. This is an exciting and entertaining way to sensitize youth, teachers, parents and the public on the processes that result in safer and greener educational facilities, as well as to inform them of the implementation of the project.
“The Roadshow is a way to give national focus to issues of safe schools and to raise awareness about disaster responsiveness within the school setting,” announced Dr. Tricia Esdaille, Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education. She highlighted that the MSSP Roadshow was developed to target the youth and how they respond to and in disaster situations.
In an effort to further engage the youth the MSSP mascot will be in attendance at the Roadshow, to inform the students about the project, as well as safety officials from within the community. Dr. Esdaille added,” We have a guest entertainer by the name of Byron Messiah and he will be entertaining the children with his own personal rendition of the MSSP song. We anticipate that they will greatly enjoy what he has done.”
The selected schools are Washington Archibald High, Tyrell Williams Primary and the Dieppe Bay Primary Schools from 26th-28th November respectively on St. Kitts and the Charlestown and Gingerland Secondary Schools on Nevis on the 29th and 30th November.
The roadshow will take place simultaneously in other countries namely, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and St. Lucia.
The MSSP Project is being executed by Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through its Coordinating Unit in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Funding for the implementation of the project is provided by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through a grant under the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union.
Prior to the event a team from the University of Technology Jamaica was in the Federation during the week of November 19th, meeting with key stakeholders and visiting schools. The team will be responsible for the development of a building assessment tool which helps schools determine the safety and responsiveness to disaster.
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