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UNICEF rep proud of Dominica’s efforts to improve children’s lives

first_img 52 Views   one comment LocalNews UNICEF rep proud of Dominica’s efforts to improve children’s lives by: – December 5, 2013 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Khin-Sandi Lwin representative of the United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF) Office for the Eastern Caribbean AreaKhin-Sandi Lwin, representative of the United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF) Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area, has stated that she is proud of efforts made to improve the lives of Dominica’s children.“There are certain things in place that we are really proud of,” Lwin said at the Fort Young Hotel on November 4, 2013 during a workshop to plan improvements to the lives of boys and girls in Dominica by the UNICEF, the government and other stakeholders.The implementation of the convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an area UNICEF has been collaborating with the government on.This convention ensures all the boys and girls even those in the poorest communities are accessing pre-school and early stimulation opportunities benefitting from positive child centered approaches at school.“You already have a CRC report that is almost ready to be submitted and that should be the basis that informs all of us where the situation of children stand and that you use it for that kind of national focus,” she said adding that discussion on the social protection strategy has been held.This should be going before the Dominica Cabinet soon she stated. “We have an understanding of where things are in terms of the education system.”Lwin said, “There has been a lot of work done on child abuse and neglect and in particular now to break the silence on child sexual abuse.”Moreover, she added that a lot of work is being done on juvenile justice with diversion programmes with the non-governmental organizations.“We hope that the government and leadership and ownership of those efforts will be strengthened in the next year or so.”“The first time I came here the Prime Minster very proudly said ‘we have declared universal early childhood education’ and we’ve been working with all of you in that endeavour,” Lwin continued.UNICEF is also working with the government in terms of moving from child friendly schools to a more comprehensive look at education reform with the OECS Education Sector Strategy (OECSS).Furthermore she stated, “On that basis the first country to have applied the bottle neck analysis was right here and that bottle neck analysis will then lead to how the country responds in a more robust way on education goals.”These are the foundations that UNICEF has already laid with Dominica she said and they therefore want to take it further “into much more details and activities in the coming years.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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