CARIBBEAN SAFE SCHOOL INITIATIVE (CSSI)
The Caribbean Safe School Initiative (CSSI) was launch in April 2017 during the First Caribbean Ministerial Forum on School Safety. The CSSI is the suggested framework to advance school safety in the Caribbean. The initiative is the Caribbean contribution to the Worldwide-Initiative on Safe Schools (WISS) and shall be a partnership for advancing safe school implementation at the national level among Caribbean countries. Ministries of Education will lead the implementation supported by international, regional and national partners.
During the first Ministerial Forum, twelve Ministries of Education from the following countries and overseas territories signed the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Guyana, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos, Virgin Islands.
During the Second Ministerial Forum, 6 additional countries and overseas territories adhered to the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration: Curacao, Jamaica, Grenada, Haiti, Suriname and St Maarten.
Caribbean Ministries that were not able to attend the Forums are invited to commit to CSSI by adhering to the Declaration.
ANNEX TO THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA DECLARATION+6
Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS)
The Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools (WISS) is a government-led global partnership for advancing safe school implementation at the national level. The Initiative is coordinated by UNISDR and was developed in collaboration with key partners from the Global Alliance on Disaster Risk Reduction Education and Resilience in the Education Sector as a response to the High Level Dialogue Communiqué at the 2013 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Worldwide Initiative for Safe Schools focuses on motivating and supporting Governments to develop national strategies and implement school safety. The Initiative builds on the Comprehensive School Safety Frameworkand defines a safe school as a school combining all of the following elements:
- - Safe Learning Facilities (disaster-resilient infrastructure);
- - School Disaster Management; and
- - Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Education.
The Initiative also promotes good practices and achievements in safe school implementation for replication in other countries and regions, helps identify challenges and offers technical assistance and particular expertise around the three pillars to support interested Governments in implementing school safety at the national level.
Caribbean Ministry of Education are encourage to join the Worldwide Initiative on School Safety.