Gov't to spend $15m on child-friendly spaces in schools

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica(JIS) — The Government is to spend $15 million on a project, titled 'Promoting Quality Education and Advancing the Reality of a Child-Friendly Environment', during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

Details of the project have been outlined in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

Objectives of the project are (a) promoting child-friendly spaces in all Jamaican schools by infusing child-friendly principles in all public schools through the formal/non-formal Ministry of Education curricula by developing systems and a policy framework that are child-friendly; and (b)promoting access and equity in the provision and delivery of a curriculum that will empower learners with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities to manage their response/reaction to risks and vulnerabilities.

Others include providing a safe and secure physical environment that is conducive to learning through parent-support systems; strengthening and expanding the curriculum by offering the development and implementation of a Civics programme; and ensuring the quality delivery of development, health and welfare programmes, as well as other student-support services through capacity building.

Anticipated targets include undertaking the training of 1,600 principals, guidance counsellors,Health and Family Life Education(HFLE) teachers, seniorteachers and parent-teacher association representatives in school-wide positive behaviour intervention and support;and updating and disseminating the National Plan of Action for Children and Violence 2017-2022.

A National Road Map to communicate plans with targets to end violence against children and facilitating the development of implementation plans for ministries, departments and agencies, which will provide three government-led multi-stakeholder consultations, will also be developed.

The project was implemented by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in 2013 and has been extended until December 2018. The project will also be supported by a grant from the United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF).




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