Principals from various primary schools around the island are participating in a workshop at the Public Service Training Center in Roseau to formally begin the implementation of the Child Friendly School Initiative (CFS).
Speaking at the opening ceremony on Wednesday morning, Chief Education Officer, Stephenson Hyacinth, said that the CFS Initiative places emphasis on quality education and focuses on “child centeredness.”
He said that he wants each school to arrive at a stage where every child succeeds.
Education Minister, Petter Saint Jean, called on principals to take the CFS Initiative seriously and stated that Dominica should no longer accept the status quo.
“The Child Friendly School Initiative helps us examine our practices within the school system. We can no longer accept the status quo but we must engage in discussions in dialougue so that we can become more adaptive in our approach to achieve the best results,” he said.
Saint Jean indicated that his government has been engaged in various initiatives geared at improving the quality of education.
A team of consultants has been engaged to assist with the implementation of the process and will host various sessions with primary and secondary schools. Additionally, a team from Barbados will also be involved to observe CFS practices in Dominican schools as a model of emulation.
The CFS Initiative began in 2009. Thus far, 58 primary school principals out of 60 have received training.