Arapaima Primary School (Guyana) retrofitted and equipped through Living Schools initiative

Georgetown, Guyana, January 31, 2013 (CDC) - The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Caricom/Brazil/ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) – Living Schools Initiative continues to extend the mandate of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) across Guyana. To this extent the Arapaima Primary School in Lethem, Region 9 (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) benefited from several interventions that are aimed at building both human and material capacities at the institution.

Thirteen thousand five hundred United States dollars (US$13,500) was spent to build an additional washroom facility, augment the water storage and management facilities, and to deliver disaster preparedness and response training to the teachers and student. During the period Monday January 21 – Friday January 25, 2013 the project was officially completed and the new facility handed over to the Headmistresses of the Arapaima Primary School in the presence of the Regional Executive Officer, Regional Education Officer, Region 9 by Colonel (retired) Chabilall Ramsarup, Director General, CDC. Twenty (20) teachers from the region were trained as Shelter Managers while one hundred and seventy (170) students of the 4th,5th, and 6th Grades from the Arapaima Primary School received training in basic disaster preparedness and response, and Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH).

Additionally, a School Emergency Plan was developed for the Arapaima Primary School. A similar project will be done during this year with another school in a disaster prone community. The Arapaima Primary School is usually used as an emergency shelter during emergencies and adverse events in the Rupununi (Lethem).

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