Caribbean Safe School Programme (CSSP)

In 2015, the CDEMA Council of Ministers endorsed the CDEMA Model School Safety Programme (MSSP) as the Caribbean approach to comprehensive risk management in schools. The MSSP is congruent with international approaches to school safety, particularly the Comprehensive School Safety (CSS) framework. The MSSP goes further than the broad outline of the CSS to articulate a suite of standards for school safety and a system for institutionalizing school safety through the implementation of school safety policies and procedures including a certification process. The CDEMA CU has been working to develop partnerships that will support adaptation of the MSSP at the national level.

Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum

The Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum (CSSF) was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda from 3-4 April, 2017 in Antigua. This Forum was organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Antigua and Barbuda, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The Forum targeted Ministries of Education - Ministers as well as technical advisors - and aimed to articulate a ministerial Declaration on School Safety. Regional and international partners, that can support the implementation of School Safety in the Caribbean, were also invited to participate. The two-day workshop presented achievements regarding school safety at the national as well as regional level. Based on national needs and gaps, priorities were identified to a Caribbean roadmap. The Forum was the first step in the launch of the Caribbean School Safety Initiative. The CDEMA Model School Safety Programme was presented as the vehicle through which countries can advance the Caribbean School Safety Initiative.

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