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IMPACT Justice partners with Parkinson Secondary School for Youth Programme

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Twenty students at the Parkinson Memorial Secondary School are receiving assistance in navigating conflicts, an initiative that could benefit the entire institution as well as communities in which they reside.

On Wednesday, the Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, launched the seven-week pilot programme Triple H (Help, Hope, Heal).

Done in partnership with the Canadian Government, it is targeting students between the ages of 13 and 16.

Aside from conflict resolution and anger management, the teens are being taught about spiritual development, how to make the best choices in terms of social development, academic development, as well as teamwork through sport and dealing with community issues.

The project ultimately aims to increase the capacity of the students to settle disputes without resorting to violence or disruptive of unacceptable behaviour.

Attending the launch at the school were Regional Project Director of IMPACT Justice Project Professor Velma Newton, Senior Development Officer at the High Commission of Canada Michele Gibson and Deputy Chief Education Officer in charge of schools in the Ministry of Education Joy Adamson.

Facilitators Errol Griffith of the Power of Choice programme and Ron Cameron of the International Institute of Restorative Practices, Canada were also present.

Though the Canadian Government is also providing funding for the Judicial Reform and Institutional Project, the High Commission representative said the aim is not to strengthen the courts just to have more youth appear before them, hence equipping students with alternate dispute resolutions.

Gibson explained that youth and children are very much at the centre of Canada’s regional programming in the Caribbean, and she commended Professor Newton for taking an approach through the Triple H to directly touch the lives of children.

“This child and youth-centric approach is also reflected in other areas of the project,” she noted.


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