UNICEF has played a major role in the development of children on the island says Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development Gloria Joseph.
Joseph made those remarks during a recent planning consultation with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and UNICEF.
The meeting was aimed at reviewing progress made during the implementation of the 2018 annual work plan and to identify priority results for the 2019 annual work plan.
Mrs. Joseph noted the government has been proud to partner with UNICEF. It is a partnership which was greatly appreciated after Maria.
“Government over the past few years has been proud to partner, and has been a beneficiary of the many programs and interventions of UNICEF. This was even more greatly realized in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria,” Joseph noted.
According to Joseph, UNICEF had frequent meetings with the Ministry in the early response period, and also to some extent in the early recovery period adding that the organization “was very strong in partnering for several programs and activities.”
Mrs. Joseph added that UNICEF has supported both in the educational development of the country’s youth as well as the protection of children.
She noted that UNICEF hosted numerous training sessions for children and teachers after Hurricane Maria, on disaster preparedness some of which were conducted in August and September.
“A significant sum was expended by the UNICEF in terms of supplies for books and other education support. There was strong support also in child protection, training of teachers in the return to Happiness Program,” Mrs. Joseph added.