Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Chandler Hyacinth has described the partnership with Isra-AID and UNICEF as a most striking example of the work that has been done within the Ministry of Education in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
She noted that partnership assisted specially to increase Dominica’s capacity to respond to natural disasters and other emergency events.
This she says clearly exhibits the ability of the education system to rebound and be a major player in Dominica’s quest to build climate resilience.
She was speaking at the Closing/Opening Ceremony for the Safe Schools Programme at the Goodwill Parish Hall earlier today.
Hyacinth said that the steady interventions of Isra-AID and UNICEF were seen in the days after the Hurricane as they helped Dominica’s children return to classroom settings.
“You have assisted is in numerous ways, either through the textbook system that you helped to fund,” she said pointing out that is was dune through the Emergency and First Aid Kits, Furniture and Early Childhood Education Materials and “in the early days provisions of tents, provision of tarpaulins and even financing water trucking and sanitation in schools.”
Chandler Hyacinth then reminded those in attendance that a Holistic Education which caters to the needs and aspirations of the students is of outmost importance.
She noted that we must equip our students with critical and inventive thinking, information and communication skills, civic literacy as well as global awareness and cross cutting cultural skills.
“This focus over the past few months on the development of school safety plans in which our students have been actively engaged fits nicely into our efforts to offer our students new lengths to explore and examine the world in which they live,” she said.
“In their case they are faced with the fact paced changes in weather and climate, in essence their futures are at risk. The safe school program uses the inclusive approach that is needed to empower our students with knowledge and skills in order to confront head on the new realities.”