The sacrifices of teachers often go unrecognized.
On September 18th when disaster struck and Hurricane Maria swept through Dominica, it left Grade 2 Newtown Primary School teacher, Samantha John Phillip, marooned in her own home. In the aftermath of the storm she struggled to get essential medication for her loved ones. Despite these immense challenges, Samantha’s dedication to her students motivated her to make the long walk to school every day to assist in the clean-up efforts. Since there was no running water or readily available transport for the first few weeks after the storm, Samantha’s sacrifices included walking to Roseau for more than 2 hours every day to sweep classrooms invaded by dust.
Though personal sacrifices of this nature could never truly be repaid in full, welcoming back a room full of smiling faces to teach them about Dominica’s indigenous peoples, the Kalinagos (Caribs), has brought Ms. Phillip a measure of joy as she is pleased that the restart of school has returned a level of normalcy to the lives of her beloved students.
UNICEF Eastern Caribbean is assisting the Ministry in the resumption of education through provision of school material, tents, water and sanitation.
About UNICEF Eastern Caribbean
The UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office is located at the UN House in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Office is responsible for Programmes of Co-operation with the governments of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.