A delegation from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was in Grenada on an official visit to review programmes on the island supported by the UN Body.
UNICEF is currently working along with the Ministry of Education in the Child Friendly Schools Initiative aimed at eradicating corporal punishment in schools.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, the UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Bernt Aasen was high in praise for the work being done at the Springs Pre-Primary school, describing it as one of the best in the entire Caribbean.
“(We) went to visit a very impressive Pre-school and Day Care Centre (at) Springs and I must say it’s one of the best quality service I have seen and I have seen many I can tell you that. So I’m very pleased to see the good intention children get by the services.
“…We hope that the Child Friendly School project will be extended to more schools and become a kind of the goal standard for Primary education and ….there are challenges in Secondary education with continued high drop out rates.
“We’re looking at how we could focus more and child centered learning, more positive behaviour management and stricter participation and enhance parental involvement and we’re looking at these areas to compliment each other to make the environment more conducive to children education.
Currently nine government operated primary schools are taking part in the Child Friendly Schools Initiative and it is the hope of UNICEF that it will be extended to all Government Primary schools in Grenada.