UNESCO School Safety Project and Fire Drills New “Hot Topic”

Mr. Michael Blake an Education Officer in St.Kitts organized and conceptualized the event and presented the School Safety Project to UNESCO.

The event turned out to be quite an interesting experience for the participants who were more accustomed to dealing with planning, disciplinary issues and generally managing the school.

Understanding the practical details of fire extinguishing included: learning the need to point the hose at the base rather than towards the top of the fire, learning about the different types of fires and the different solutions for extinguishing them as well as the fact that there are serious repercussions for using the wrong kind of extinguisher on a fire. These were all eye openers for the participants.

Teacher training is an on-going component of the UNESCO School Safety Programme which encompasses activities inclusive of input by the Ministry of Education, Private Sector Partners, Fire and Rescue Services, Defence Force, St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and Red Cross among others.

The programme is managed by the School Safety Council comprising of representatives from each organization mentioned above.

At the end of the training session, all Principals were still cautioned however, to contact the Fire Department in case of any emergency, no matter the magnitude.

The Ministry of Education recently received tools for School Safety including fire extinguishers all sponsored by UNESCO and are currently in discussion with CEDEMA (The Caribbean Emergency and Disaster Management Agency).

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