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PRESS RELEASE: School Attendance Program

by: - February 15, 2019
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The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has facilitated the return of thirty-eight (38) students who dropped out of the school system following the passage of Hurricane Maria.

These   include   nine (9) students   referred   to   Skills   Based Programs   at   the   Social   Center   and   the   Youth   Skills Development Program.

The students’ ages range from six to 16 years old.

The program is a Ministry of Education and UNICEF initiative to ensure that all children and adolescents are back in the education system in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. It was launched in September 2018.

Rena Jno-Charles served as School Attendance Counselor and is a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist.  She worked under the direct supervision of the Education Manager of the UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office as well as the Chief Education Officer of the Ministry of Education and   Human   Resource   Development,   key   partners   in Dominica including Education Officers, school principals and community supporters.

​Following   the   passage   of   Hurricane   Maria   in   2017,   the education   sector   was   heavily   impacted   with   schooling interrupted for 100 percent of students.

The gap in attendance concerned the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development as provision is made in the Education Act of 1997 for compulsory education for all students between the ages of 5 to 16 years old.