Numerous consultations with children in Dominica have emphasized that the right to children’s security and protection needs enforcement in their homes and in their schools. Due to ongoing advocacy, children themselves, youth, adults, civil society and the public sector are voicing the urgent need to make this a priority.
Consequently, as part of East Dominica Children’s Federation support towards creating safe and protective school environment through the Child Friendly Schools initiative, a Child Assault Prevention Project will be administered in Five (5) additional Primary Schools along the South Eastern Districts of Dominica.
The expansion of this initiative seeks to replicate the favourable outcomes from the pilot project held in 2015.
According to a Press release “this Child Assault Prevention Program directly teaches children to recognize and deal with potentially dangerous situations. It trains teachers and parents to help through their responses and actions. This program provides the opportunity to empower teachers, parents and most importantly, children to avoid, prevent and resolve conflict/assault by peers and adults and thereby create a more inclusive and supportive school, home and societal climate.”
The Five Participating Schools are the Castle Bruce, Grandfond, Morne Jaune, Jones Beaupierre and Delices Primary School. This project is undertaken in partnership with the International Center for Assault Prevention (ICAP) headquartered in New Jersey.
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