(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 31, 2019 -- The Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNICEF organized a training workshop on School Safety Plans at the National Emergency Management Agency Conference Room, on Tuesday 29th January.
Aimed at sharing information and providing best practices in response to disasters in schools, the workshop featured practical components and tabletop scenarios. These scenarios mimicked real life disasters and role-playing in which the participants would have to use the skills garnered to effectively manoeuvre or reduce the risks.
“We deem it very important that all persons come up to speed and be given the tools they need in order to facilitate school safety in all of our institutions around the Federation,” stated Education Officer, Mr. Sylvester Charles.
He divulged that the workshop was geared towards individuals in leadership positions within the education sector; these are education officials, such as Education Officer, Principals and Resource teachers. He expressed that it is the intent that these individuals would pass along what they learned to their colleagues with the aim to strengthen disaster risk reduction and awareness as well as the development of the individualized school safety plan
Facilitator of the course, Mr. Livingston Pemberton announced that the course will not only equip the participants with the necessary skills to create their own school safety plan, but will ensure that trainees will have the capacity to further ensure student safety should an emergency arise. “We are hoping through interactive communication, we’ll be able to share with each other and gain knowledge that will help us as individuals as well as our country become more resilient.”
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