Ministry of Education Promotes Child Protection Strategies

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Friday 30th November, 2018-The Ministry of Education in partnership with UNICEF is continuing to promote child protection strategies for use not just by parents but for students as well.

Over 7000 students in both public and private schools in Grades 5 and 6 (primary schools) and Forms 1 and 2 (secondary schools) will receive an item bearing at least one child protection messages.

The messages were placed on pens, rulers, pencils and book labels to sensitize students to what they should do when faced with situations that could threaten their safety and well-being.

The messages cover social problems such as child abuse, suicide and bullying.

In making a presentation to staff and students at one of the schools, Desiree Antonio, Education Officer and Child Friendly School Focal Point urged students to adhere to the messages for their own safety and protection.

Cindy Price who also represented the Ministry of Education explained the importance of the messages to the students and encouraged them to speak to an adult they trust if they experience problems.

The Ministry of Education has over the years been promoting practices which not only improve schools through various means but make it possible for students in Antigua and Barbuda to achieve their full potential and develop into responsible individuals within the twin-island nation.