(EMU) – St. Kitts, January, 31, 2017: The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with USAID/OFDA is moving forward with their plans to enhance school safety in the Federation, by hosting a school safety course for Principals. The workshop is being held at the Red Cross building from 30th January – 1st February daily. It seeks to provide the Principals with skills and strategies to develop their own school safety and emergency plans, specifically tailored to their needs. Mr. Daryll Lloyd, Deputy Chief Education Officer states, “It is vitally important that safety plan procedures are in place in the event of a disaster or an attack of any kind.” He stressed that the Ministry of Education is wholly committed to the safety and security of the schools, not only from natural disasters. “Protection from physical and emotional bodily harm is of critical importance as we consider our safety network. With the rising crime and gang related activities, it is important that we address issues such as safety of any kind within our schools.