Rigobert wants emergency shelters out of schools

The Minister of Education believes that schools should not be used as emergency shelters so students can continue with their studies after a disaster.

Dr Gale Rigobert, who is also Minister for Sustainable Development, says education becomes affected in the aftermath of disasters when schools are utilized by displaced people.

She suggested that specialized buildings be constructed to be used exclusively for emergency housing purposes.

Rigobert made the remarks after attending a summit on climate change in Germany.

“We have two concerns. Should we continue to dub schools as emergency shelters because in the event of an extraordinary catastrophe then can we afford to have our students stay out of school for an extraordinarily long period of time while of course we afford those who are displaced a priority for housing? Or two should we construct building that are designated almost exclusively as emergency shelters? I must say that Prime Minister and I have had that discussion and there is some inclination to move to the latter so as to reduce the risk of having to continue to rely on school as emergency shelters and in the event of a catastrophe then we find ourselves having to deny our students the opportunity to continue with their learning seamlessly,” Rigobert said.

Minister Rigobert pointed to the situation in Dominica where children were left out of school for an extended period as schools were being used as emergency shelters following Hurricane Maria.

She said the government has secured some funding for emergency shelters.

While the ultimate goal is to move away from using schools as emergency shelters, Rigobert said the old paradigm will have to continue in the meantime.

She also acknowledged the deteriorating conditions of some schools on the island, saying that grant funding was being sought for maintenance and restoration works.

13 Comments

  1. HUMBLE
    December 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    It was about time we came to a realization in this aspect i strongly agree with the decision those were measures of the past used by our descendants time has seriously evolved and a lot of routines in our daily lives should too .But we should consider repairs of old abandoned buildings first to assist with these projects and not waste money on building new ones.Le paradie is best suited it just sitting there so why not use it. whatever agreements that went wrong or whatever i dont know after all its in our country do something with it.

  2. Winston
    December 13, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Sounds crazy to me we cannot open or build a hospital to provide health care for our our people but talking about safety shelters it like putting the cart before the horse

  3. Brooklyn guy
    December 13, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    What kind of 4th world ideology is that
    99 percent of hurricane shelters of more developed countries including the us have shelters at schools
    So tell me where do you plan to put the shelters
    Smh

  4. michael wilson
    December 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am duped by the those statement being made in the name of St. Lucia by those representing us. Come up to reality madam minister, these are same children in the school with their parents that are in the shelters. Please madam Minister you cannot do nothing for your school in Micoud and this is what you speaking about? Pardon me, I am duped ,I Am daffeddddddddddddddd!!!!!!mik!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Peterson
    December 13, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    This suggestion by Minister Rigobert is another indication of how out of this world our leaders are. We cannot maintain our existing buildings but we want to construct specialised buildings as emergency shelters.

    One only needs to drive around the various communities to see the state of the multi purpose centers and human resource centers on the island. These centers generate zero revenue and are closed for most of the year but carry high maintenance costs. Given our scarce resources, it actually makes sense using schools on weekends for community activities and as emergency shelters once the requsuite safety standards are satisfied.

  6. Peterson
    December 13, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    This suggestion by Minister Rigobert is another indication of how out of this world our leaders are. We cannot maintain our existing buildings but we want to construct specialised buildings as emergency shelters.

    One only needs to drive around the various communities to see the state of the multi purpose centers and human resource centers on the island. These centers generate zero revenue and are closed for most of the year but carry high maintenance costs. Given our scarce resources, it actually makes sense using schools on weekends for community activities and as emergency shelters once the requsuite safety standards are satisfied.

  7. Jingle Bells
    December 13, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Lol. Are these Ministers crazy?

  8. Thomas Louis
    December 13, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    My mother always told me think before you speak. I wish this would be the case before some of our leaders open their mouths

  9. kj
    December 13, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    gayle just shut the f up vieux mal nomn

  10. Your supporter
    December 14, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Gale ou forl.??
    Im shakin my head.
    You’ll have no money to fix up the schools which are falling apart but you’ll have money to build emergency shelters???
    My world………..
    Gale Rigobert tell Ur colleges to give us our hospital in the south please.Give us our St.Judes.
    To me that is much more important to our public than you making statements like such.
    Schools should not be used as hurricane shelters?
    So where else can we run to ? The churches or you mother’s home in Micou?

  11. Your supporter
    December 14, 2017 at 7:50 am

    ***Colleagues***

    Mr.Miss.Gale Rigobert before you make your krazzzy statements you should av considered all the schools that are falling apart in your constituency.
    The Mon Repos and Patience combined schools.
    The Micoud Secondary school.
    And please pay us for all the hard work we put in Ur office .
    Up to now the same lie my campaign funds has not been funded or the government has not allocated funds for such.?????????
    Lies and much more lies

  12. Micoud
    December 14, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Agree Agree Agree Agree
    There’s a young woman from Malgretoute Micoud that really helped you win the elections .
    She was there for you fully .
    You promise to check for her up to now not even a job.
    She left the cruise ship last elections to come and help you campaign.
    You think God is asleep???
    You went to the states to marry miss.Holinseed??
    The secret has been out long time.

  13. Youth voice
    December 15, 2017 at 12:43 am

    That young lady you speak about her name is Melisha…I had a conversation with her last month on something and the Gale was mentioned… She just smiled. I know her very well…the amount of things I’ve heard she went thru with Gale..its amazing. Girl you need councilling. Sometimes we see people and dont know their story. Gale you have treated this young lady like a dog I’ve heard and she dont seem to be speaking up.I don’t know what she’s hiding. Gale you need to get off your high horse and help the ppl who stood by you. I’ll find this young lady again don’t worry. sure will converse on you’ll issues. Poor girl is unemployed STILL. Your other colleges don’t know that. They not asking for the person that stood with you all those years. Sad state of affairs.It hurts me

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