Emergency plans will be implemented at every school on the island to get students, teachers and communities prepared for the impacts of climate change.
This was confirmed by Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean during the official handing over ceremony of the Paix Bouche Primary School held on Thursday 16 August 2018.
“I wish at this moment to commend the technicians within the Ministry of Education for the work that has been done in recent months to ensure that every school in Dominica developed an emergency plan using the hazard vulnerability and capacity assessment,” Minister Saint Jean stated.
He noted that “teachers and students worked together to analyze local hazards and understand their communities’ vulnerabilities and capacity to manage uncertainties of climate change”.
Minister Saint Jean added that these plans will be implanted across various sectors and industries to give citizens the necessary skills to react to the effects of climate change.
He said the program, which was supported by UNICEF, focused on “providing children and communities with the appropriate skills that will allow them to respond to current and future changes within their environment.”
“This approach will be duplicated across sectors as we seek to engage communities with the knowledge and the skills required to respond to the impacts of climate change,” Mr. Saint Jean stated.