SCHOOLS VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAMME LAUNCHED IN ST KITTS

"Dr. Esdaille noted that five schools, including Charles E Mills, Verchilds, Cayon, Basseterre High Schools and CharlesTown Secondary School have been chosen as locations to conduct the implementation of the pilot project which will run for one year."

New member of the Government’s Education Team, Dr. Tricia Esdaille said she is looking forward to the launch of the first phase of the Violence Prevention Project which began in Kittitian schools since Friday.

According to Dr. Esdaille, a psychologist by profession, ministry officials have made no qualms about the importance of the project locally as it is now a priority, as they seek to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in schools and maintain the Federation’s outstanding performance in education.

Dr. Esdaille noted that five schools, including Charles E Mills, Verchilds, Cayon, Basseterre High Schools and CharlesTown Secondary School have been chosen as locations to conduct the implementation of the pilot project which will run for one year.

She further explained explained that the first phase of the project would include an assessment of assess School Climate, Risk Behaviours and Needs. This will be conducted via surveys that will determine students’; and school employees’ experiences. The first survey will be carried out at the Charles E. Mills High.

The Psychologist emphasized that the interventions in each school following the surveys will be tailor-made, based on the issues relevant to the particular school. “This is not a one size fits all policy” Dr. Esdaille expressed, “The information once collected will be shared with the appropriate officials, staff and students of the schools and fine tuned to meet their specific needs.”

Once the interventions have been implemented the data will then be assessed to determine what works, what does not work and what needs to be changed.

The project will expand to all Government-run secondary schools in the Federation and then continue to the primary schools. The programme will in the long term become part of the normal curricula.

Dr. Esdaille said that while preparatory meetings have been held over a number of months, the survey is the first actual hands on activity of the project.

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