By Sue-Ann Wayow
GOVERNMENT’S decision to include refugee and migrant children in the national school system at the primary school level is welcomed by the United Nations (UN) and the United States Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago.
The UN Resident Coordinator Joanna Kazana-Wiśniowiecki in a press release on Friday stated that the UN agencies working in Trinidad and Tobago under the Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (R4V) will continue to support the Government of T&T.
“Together with local and international partners, the UN system remains committed to working collaboratively with the Government on the next phase of its approach to including refugees and migrants in the national school system with a holistic approach that benefits all children in the country with quality education,” she said.
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The release stated, “Access to education is fundamental to the lives of children, their families and the future of countries that host them. Children attending schools propels families forward and supports integration and language acquisition, as well as provides a sense of normalcy and security. It gives an opportunity to think about the future and find pathways towards economic and social stability if the family.”
She noted that the approach outlined by Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Dr Amery Browne that will benefit Trinbagonian children.
“Many of the benefits derived from the phased approach we are discussing will result in a more inclusive and cohesive education system for the many Trinbagonian children who dropped out of school during the pandemic and never returned,” Bond said in a media release.