The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, in collaboration with UNICEF, has begun a series of workshops to build awareness about the Child Friendly School (CFS) Initiative.The workshops will be held at the Dominica Public Service Union Building for sports officers attached to the Sports Division and sports teachers of secondary schools on Tuesday 15 March 2016 and for bus drivers on Wednesday 16 March and Thursday 17 March. Over one hundred (100) bus drivers, who regularly transport students to and from schools, are expected to participate.The Child Friendly School describes schools where children acquire and develop knowledge, abilities and life skills in a healthy and safe environment, which is inclusive, protective and respectful of gender differences and cultural diversity. The workshops, which will be facilitated by former Chief Education Officer, Stephenson Hyacinth, aim to influence attitudes of members of the public about child safety issues, including bullying, corporal punishment and child sexual abuse as well as give focus to positive behavior management, not only at school, but at home and in the wider community.The CFS model was introduced to Dominican schools in 2009 and is now being implemented in all of the island’s primary and secondary schools.Mrs Fontaine said research has shown that there are nine indicators that can enable a particular school to be an effective one.“So we are looking, for example, at a school where there is a clear and shared focus. In other words, everyone is on the same page and we are speaking the same language. It is not that the classroom teachers are practicing positive behaviors and on the fields, the sports teachers are using negative language or behavior with the students. We’re all speaking the same language,” acting chief education officer, Melena Fontaine said at Tuesday’s workshop.Mrs Fontaine noted that there is also, within an effective school, high standards and expectations for all students, irrespective of their capabilities. “So we believe that all children can learn, all children can do things up to their maximum potential and is us to open up that potential to allow them to get it done. Within an effective school, we’re also looking at strong school leadership with leaders who create a school culture that is always conducive to learning”. In addition, within effective schools, there are high levels of collaboration and communication among every stakeholder within that environment.The Ministry is hoping that already existing measures to promote discipline and positive behavior will be complemented by CFS practices, creating schools that are healthy, safe and protective of all students. The Ministry will hold workshops at later dates targeted at early childhood practitioners, religious leaders and members of the media. 238 Views no discussions EducationLocalNewsSecondary MOE hosts workshops on Child Friendly Schools by: Dominica Vibes News – March 15, 2016 Share Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!
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