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Five Caribbean countries adopt Antigua and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety O


Posted in: Regional News by volderine | 02 May 2019 | 544

    Signing on to the Regional Caribbean Safe School Initiative
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    Signing on to the Regional Caribbean Safe School Initiative

    Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 1 May, 2019 (CDEMA) – Five countries: Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, Sint Marteen and Suriname adhered to the Caribbean Safe School Initiative and adopted the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety during the 2nd Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum. The forum was held from 29-30 April  2019 in Kingstown and hosted by the Ministry of Education, National Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs and Information.

    In 2017, 12 countries adhered to the initiative and signed the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety in the Caribbean. At the second Ministerial Forum, ten Ministers of Education, officials in the education sector as well as disaster management stakeholders, regional and international partners participated in technical discussions on school safety and updated the Regional RoadMap for School Safety.

    Signing on to the Regional Caribbean Safe School Initiative. From left, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, Minister of State from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica; Hon. Wycliffe Smith, Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Sint Maarten; Hon. Marilyn Alcala-Walle, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, Curacao; Dr. Lydia Hewitt-Austin, Head – Bureau Primary Education in representation of the Hon. Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Suriname (Photo via CDEMA)
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