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Barbados Special Schools Benefit From New Partnerships

A partnership between the Barbados Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training (METVT) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has sought to enhance the safety measures of special schools in Barbados.

Barbados Today reported on Sunday, May 30, that under the ‘Safe and Healthy Reopening of Schools for Students with Special Education Needs’ project, the Ann Hill, Irving Wilson and Erdiston Schools have been outfitted with automatic water dispensers, detachable soap dispensers and portable hand sanitizer dispensers, directional floor markers, and thermometers, thanks to PAHO. Six-seater tables with umbrellas were also installed to provide students with outdoor seating.

PAHO also donated gallons of hand sanitizers, gloves, and face masks for both adults and children, some of which have “window” panels, allowing deaf individuals to safely read the lips and facial expressions of the persons with whom they are communicating.

The donation also included educational resource materials, three smart screen televisions and six laptops.

Speaking at the official handing over ceremony at the Ann Hill School, Pine Plantation Road, St. Michael, on Wednesday, May 26, the Education Minister expressed her gratitude to PAHO, noting that it greatly aided the safe return to the classroom for special needs students, whose lessons are heavily interactive.

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