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Life skills

The Caribbean

Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) Project: Empowering Young People with Skills for Healthy Living 


The CARICOM Secretariat, UN Agencies including the UNICEF Caribbean Area Office, and the University of the West Indies through a partnership agreement, have undertaken a project to institutionalise Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) in all schools throughout the region.  Life skills such as decision making, communication, negotiation, self esteem and values education will be put at the centre of the school curriculum in order to address issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexual health, substance abuse, environmental health, safety and nutrition.

The project has four main objectives: 

  • To improve teacher training in participatory methodologies;
  • To develop comprehensive life skills based teaching materials for HFLE;
  • To strengthen coordination among institutions engaged in HFLE at regional and national levels; and
  • To raise the status of HFLE at all levels of education.

A single plan of action, entitled “A Strategy for Strengthening HFLE in CARICOM States” will be implemented by the partner agencies.  UNICEF-Caribbean Area Office in Barbados is responsible for the overall coordination of the project on behalf of the CARICOM Secretariat.  Principle partners include: Ministries of Education and Health in 14 CARICOM States; PAHO/WHO; UNFPA; UNESCO; UNDP; UNECLAC; UNIFEM; University of the West Indies.

For further information, contact:
CARICOM Secretariat, Education Desk
Georgetown, Guyana
Tel. (592) 2-51960   Fax (592) 2-53827

2nd Floor, Hastings Building
Hastings, Christ Church, Barbados
Tel. (246) 436-2199  Fax (246) 463-2812



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