Hand-Over Ceremony with Prince’s Trust at St. Elizabeth Primary School
The Royal Barbados Police Force, in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust International, a registered Charity in England and Wales embarked on a partnership to facilitate a Personal Developmental Programme aimed at assisting “At Risk Youth“, between the ages of 16 to 25 years.
This programme was started in the United Kingdom by Prince Charles in 1976 and has been introduced to many countries around the world including Barbados which has become the first country in the region to be introduced to the “TEAM Programme“. To date sixty-five (65) young people have successfully completed the programme which was first implemented in Barbados in 2016. From this total, seventy-five percent (75%) of those participants have either secured employment, or are currently engaged in educational or vocational training.
The current programme was commenced on the 24th of September 2018, and is scheduled to be completed on the 14th of December 2018. This is the second programme for the year. The participants are required to develop, plan, and execute, a community based project, as part of their mandate. The sixteen (16) participants made the decision that this project would take the form of a park restoration. In their search for a suitable venue, they came upon the St. Elizabeth Primary School, located at St. Elizabeth Village, St. Joseph, which was in dire need of having their play park refurbished.
After consultation with the Principal of the school, the participants commenced the work to raise the funds and source the materials necessary to successfully execute the project.
Members of the Prince Trust International “TEAM Programme“, successfully completed the restoration and officially handed the park back over to the school in a ribbon cutting and handing over ceremony held at 1:30pm at the St. Elizabeth School. During this ceremony, remarks were given by manager of the project Inspector Roland Cobbler, Principal of the School Ms Gloria Benn and Sergeant Hallam Jemmott who was the supervisor and coordinator of the project.
During his remarks, Acting Inspector Cobbler observed, “The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) is indeed delighted to be partnering with the Prince’s Trust International, a registered charity in England and Wales, to be facilitating the Prince’s Trust International Team Programme, here in Barbados.
This Personal Developmental Programme, aimed at assisting At Risk Youth, between the ages of 16 to 25 years, can be described as significant, taking into consideration that it provides the RBPF with an additional strategy for engaging young people.
The importance of such a programme cannot be overemphasized, since this is the age range in which young people have been identified as being more predisposed to becoming involved in antisocial behaviours, and crime.
This view is further supported in a joint report produced by the United Nations Office which suggests that the ages between 15 to 19 years are usually regarded as the period in which young people, especially in the Caribbean, are at a higher risk of becoming involved in all forms of violence.
The Prince’s Trust International Team Programme therefore, has the potential to make a difference in the life of our young people. It is designed to help participants to:
- Achieve an accredited qualification
- Complete activities to develop their English and Math Skills
- Discover hidden talents and recognize their own strengths
- Boost confidence and motivation
- Improve personal skills, such as communication and teamwork
- Connect closely with their community through different projects. (Such as the one facilitated at the St. Elizabeth School).
The handover ceremony is to commemorate the community project undertaken by sixteen participants of the programme who identified the restoration of the play park at the St. Elizabeth Primary School, as the project they wanted to undertake.