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Plan International Sierra Leone Develop CSS Messages

Plan International Sierra Leone Develop CSS Messages

Plan International Sierra Leone has on the 9th May 2017 held Comprehensive School Safety (CSS) Advocacy message development workshop. The workshop was held at the conference hall of Plan International and it attracted senior secondary school student of different school, ONS, EPA, MEST, Social Welfare and staff of Plan International.

Giving an introduction on the CSS message development workshop the Disaster Risk Reduction person for Plan International Edward Sesay said that having completed the awareness training and advocacy meeting on School Safety about 2 weeks back, this workshop has been organised to work with 15 school children, teachers, staff of the ministry of Education and community representatives, and environment agencies to develop key messages.  The group will contribute their own perspective to the development of key messages that we can use as a campaign tool to raise awareness on school safety and protection on the 3 pillars.

Mr Edward Sesay highlighted some of the goals of Comprehensive School Safety which are: To protect learners and education workers from death, injury, and harm in schools, to plan for educational continuity in the face of all expected hazards and threats, to safe-guard education sector investment, to strengthen risk reduction and resilience through education.

He went further to say that the 3 pillars of the CSS include: Safe Learning Facility, pillar 2-School Disaster Management and pillar 3 Risk Reduction and Resilience education, under these 3 pillars messages will be developed and pretested before final submission.

In his presentation the lead facilitator Dr. Victor Massaquoi talked about the message development models, in which he gave different models of message development, different definition of advocacy and it application, he also delved into the message development models and definition.  He also added that the messages will be printed and later used during the high level advocacy meeting; it will also be used in piloting schools and other strategic places in the project locations.

The messages that were developed by each group were pretested, corrections were made and modifications were made on them for final presentation.

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