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(EMU) – St. Kitts, November 7, 2018: As part of the Effective Schools SKN programme, the local steering committee distributed behavioural management supplies to d school principals on 6th November at the Ministry of Education Conference Room.

Since its implementation classrooms across several Eastern Caribbean countries have been transformed with this positive Child Friendly School initiative which is quickly gaining momentum. The constructive behavioural model, deemed, Effective Schools SKN helps provide learning environments where children feel cared for, respected, physically and emotionally safe.

In a brief ceremony five targeted primary schools received a sample package of behavioural management supplies. The principals of the schools namely, Joshua O. Williams, Saddlers Primary, Dr. William Connor, Irish Town and the Newtown Primary, were on hand to receive the supplies from the committee.

“We work with education planners to design and implement programmes to reduce violence, develop life skills and encourage student participation,” stated Amanda Edmead, Education Officer and head of the Effective Schools committee.

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She added, “These supplies were acquired under the Effective Schools Framework through the support of UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. They are samples of items and activities that can be used to support schools reward systems such as pencils, erasers, wrist bands and charts, as well as classroom management supplies such including timers, voice level charts.”
It is the aim of the committee that with the appropriate use of these tools students would learn accountability and responsibility in addition to the school’s behaviour policy.

While thanking the sponsoring organization (UNICEF) and the local committee, for their hard work and efforts in preparing the schools to meet further requirements of the Effective Schools policy, Darryl Lloyd, Chief Education Officer, also made a plea to the teachers who would be receiving these supplies. “We (The Ministry) are encouraging our teachers to use them meaningfully and effectively within our schools. We are hoping and trusting that these tools would be used to curb some of the unwelcome behaviours among students.”

Effective Schools SKN is part of the Child Friendly Schools Initiative which was first introduced locally in 2011 in collaboration with UNICEF. The Framework promotes a student-centred approach to learning and is aimed at high quality education for all. It promotes a keen focus on behaviour management practices in classrooms, while emphasizing parental and community involvement in children’s learning.

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