Media centre

Press releases



Contact Details for the ECA Office


The European Union helps UNICEF with € 500,000 to support 1,500 school children in Dominica after the 2017 hurricanes



The European Union helps UNICEF with € 500,000 to support 1,500 school children in Dominica after the 2017 hurricanes

DOMINICA, 21 January 2018 -The European Commission has provided €500,000 to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to support Dominica’s education sector in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last September.

The powerful Category 5 storm severely impacted infrastructure across the country, including the education sector, resulting in over one-third of primary and secondary schools being listed as severely damaged. Access to schooling was disrupted for students across the board. 

“Ensuring the return to school for children was a priority, and providing pupils with the required material and supplies after losses due to the hurricane is key for children to resume their education,” said Virginie Andre, EU Humanitarian Aid Coordinator for the Caribbean.

Although 96 per cent of children regained access to school in Dominica, there is a critical lack of teaching materials, supplies and equipment. The EU-UNICEF project aims to fill this gap. The 11-month project will target 1,500 primary school children in the 20 most severely damaged schools. Each school will get a library and a range of teaching materials, including text books and workbooks. 

A second component of the project sees these targeted schools being assisted in developing disaster risk management plans which will help reinforce resilience in the face of any future crises and ensure that children and their needs are at the heart of emergency-related action. 

 “UNICEF and its partners have been working with Dominica’s Ministry of Education to get children back to school by providing tents for temporary accommodation and school-in-a-box and recreational kits. However, we need to ensure that children and teachers have the tools to facilitate teaching and learning on a more long-term basis,” said Dr Aloys Kamuragiye, UNICEF’s Representative for the Eastern Caribbean Area. 

For more information:


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit Follow UNICEF on Twitter and Facebook.

ECHO in the Caribbean: 

Patrick Knight

Communication Specialist

UNICEF Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area

Tel: 1246 4676162

Mob:1246 8369962     
Virginie André

Coordinator - Caribbean

ECHO – European Commission’s Civil  Protection and  Humanitarian Aid department

Tel: + 505 22706201

Mob: + 505 86274003   

Hilaire Avril

Regional Information Officer for Latin America & the Caribbean

ECHO – European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department

Mob: + 57 3223446253

Twitter: ECHO_LatAm




 Email this article

unite for children