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Barbados has been invited by the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to “consider signing the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety”.

CDEMA’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Riley, speaking at the start of a three-day workshop on the Model Safe Schools Programme (MSSP), at the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Elsie Payne Complex, revealed that 18 Caribbean countries had already signed the declaration.

Encouraging Barbados to do so, she added: “We do have the upcoming Third Ministerial Forum on Safe Schools in St. Maarten; this is happening from June 27 to 29 and I hope to see strong representation from Barbados there.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson, in thanking CDEMA, its funding agencies and facilitators for allowing the Ministry to be part of the initiative, said: “We look forward to continued collaboration.  I will again put in the plug to make sure that Barbados signs on. We do benefit from everything; they do not leave us out and I really want to publicly thank you. Although we haven’t signed on, we are doing everything that you are asking us to do and we will continue to do it.”

joy-ann.gill@barbados.gov.bb

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