Seven Primary Schools in St Lucia becomes part of Safe School Programme of CDEMA

The Safe School Programme focuses on motivating and supporting Governments to develop national strategies and implement school safety. Being prepared and keeping the population safe when natural disasters approach is crucial matters, and the Safe School Project, which is part of the Caribbean Safe School Initiative of CARICOM, is all about being prepared.

Seven Primary Schools in St Lucia becomes part of Safe School Programme of CDEMA
Seven Primary Schools in St Lucia becomes part of Safe School Programme of CDEMA

St Lucia: In April, the Embassy of Cuba visited Dennery Primary School in St Lucia. This school is, along with six other schools on the island, part of the Safe School Programme of CDEMA with funding from Norway since 2019.

Counsellor Camilla Røssaak was present at the plaque handover ceremony for the seven primary schools, and the event was attended by several officials from the Ministry of Education, the National Emergency Management Organisation of St Lucia as well as Caribbean Emergency and Disaster Management Agency, the Consul of the Kingdom of Norway, Albert Daniels along with Principals, teachers and schoolchildren were attending the ceremony. 

All of the schools have now been retrofitted and can enjoy safe learning facilities through disaster-resilient infrastructure.

The Safe School Programme focuses on motivating and supporting Governments to develop national strategies and implement school safety. Being prepared and keeping the population safe when natural disasters approach is crucial matters, and the Safe School Project, which is part of the Caribbean Safe School Initiative of CARICOM, is all about being prepared.

Norway is proud to support CDEMA in its effort to address some of the evident vulnerabilities of the education sector, not only in St. Lucia but also in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The school children Keril Tobias and Amina from Dennerey primary school read a poem called Safety Matters:

I used to love the open space

because I always though being fenced-up meant being in a cage

Until that one day when he lost it

Into the open space he ran

That Machete, I dare not forget

With Student scared out of their wits and teachers shivered as if in a deadly chill

It was then I cried:

“Why couldn’t we have been in a cage protected from threats like him”

The value then my life possessed dwindled right before me

With eyes alert our caretakers would not miss

Such a figure around the place

The cops must know

Of course he was caught with the corps next door

Did not have time to cause any physical harm

but the mental damaged he did that day

Ohh how grateful I am to be enclosed right now