St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A number of teachers and principals on Nevis are now certified in school safety, following the completion of a three-day School Safety Course which concluded on Thursday (May 4).
The training was a collaborative effort between the Ministry and Department of Education, the Nevis Disaster Management Department (NDMD) and the USAID through its Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Disaster Assistance Programme.
Ann Jean-Baptiste, Coordinator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance, described the training as critical to schools in the region.
She noted that the training would cause participants to think of how safe their schools are and what would cause danger to the lives of those who attend the institutions for the greater part of the year.
The Coordinator said in the end the educators would be better prepared to deal with any hazard that may affect the school environment, and therefore better placed to save lives.
However, Jean-Baptiste explained that the teachers and principals would need the assistance of the communities in which the schools are situated and the student’s parents.
She said “You cannot do it alone. If something happens in your school, you need the neighbouring community to assist right away. If there is a fire, before the fire service comes, the parents come looking for their children. So you must develop a relationship with parents, as it relates to the safety and security of your wards.”
Principal Education Officer in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Palsey Wilkin, noted that the safety of children is an important responsibility and the Ministry is grateful for the training exercise.