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  • Approximately $134 million has been allocated by the Government for the ‘Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools’ project for the 2019/20 fiscal year.
  • Details are provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.
  • Launched in 2017, the project, which involves collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Education Trust (NET), aims to reduce violence, antisocial behaviours and critical incidents among the youth.

Approximately $134 million has been allocated by the Government for the ‘Partnership for Improved Safety and Security in Schools’ project for the 2019/20 fiscal year.

Details are provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.

Launched in 2017, the project, which involves collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Education Trust (NET), aims to reduce violence, antisocial behaviours and critical incidents among the youth.

These objectives will be achieved by involving more parents and communities in the behaviour change process; providing co-curricular activities that will engage students and assist them in developing better social and life skills; conducting data collection and analysis, along with monitoring and evaluating activities to inform decision-making on the management of crime and violence, particularly among the youth; and building capacity in the Education Ministry and its agencies.

Achievements, to date, include installation of perimeter fencing at three schools; procurement of 35 walk-through metal detectors and 630 handheld devices; installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems in five schools; and recruitment, training and placement of seven Safety and Security Support Officers in primary and high schools.

The project has also facilitated the printing of 1,000 copies of the Safety and Security Guidelines; completion of a Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curriculum writing workshop and updating of the HFLE curriculum; roll-out of the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support Programme in 100 schools; commencement of media campaign consultancies; training of 20 parent mentors; reactivation of 26 school-based parent places; and the training of parent place facilitators.

For the 2019/20 fiscal year, work will continue to complete fencing for five schools; implement the School-wide Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support programme in 100 schools; roll-out of the revised Health and Family Life Education curriculum; establish 12 school-based homework centres and 12 school-based parenting places; offer support for the training and capacity-building activities of the Ministry; implement behavior change and parenting media campaigns; establish three community-based homework centres; conduct behavior modification/life skills camp training; and undertake capacity building of clubs, uniformed groups and school security personnel.