Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum: Committing to school safety at national, regional levels

Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum (Photo via Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda)
Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum participants (Photo via Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda)

PANAMA CITY, Panama 5 April 2017 – Ministers and other high-level authorities from the Education sector endorsed the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration for School Safety during the Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum which took place from 3 to 4 April, 2017, and was hosted by Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Hon. Michael S. Browne, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Antigua and Barbuda, highlighted that “In the Caribbean, there is the need to have clarity on how everyone, individuals, nations and the region will respond to disasters, for which there is the need to work as a team”.

During the meeting the Caribbean Safe School Initiative (CSSI) was launched. The CSSI is the framework to advance school safety in the Caribbean and at the same time reflects the Caribbean contribution to the Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS). With regard to enhancing school safety, Ms. Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), informed participants that “the Caribbean Safe School Initiative will be the flagship programme for CDEMA for 2017-2020.”

In keeping with that which is stipulated at the global level, the CSSI will be a Caribbean partnership for advancing safe school implementation at the national level. Ministries of Education will lead the implementation supported by international, regional and national partners.

Read more at: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction