A three-day Child Assault Prevention (CAP) training workshop targeting teachers as well as others who work closely with children has commenced in Dominica.
The workshop, which came about through collaboration of ChildFund Caribbean, International Center for Assault Prevention (ICAP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, is being held at the Public Service Union building in Roseau. The workshop is aimed at tackling violence against children within schools across the Caribbean region. ChildFund’s national director Durval Martinnex said at the opening ceremony of the workshop on Monday, a survey has indicated that violence is one of the major problems that children face.
“According to the survey that was conducted over 6000 children in various countries, they considered that violence and all forms of abuse, whether it is in the schools, house settings or in the streets, is one of the most prevalent problems they face”.
“That is exactly what we are here to do to, to start confronting this epidemic of violence against children,” Martinnex said. Meanwhile chief education officer Melina Fontaine described the training as timely, relevant and in line with the ministry of education’s vision that each child succeeds. “To realize that vision we know that children must be educated within an environment that caters to their holistic needs and that ensures that they are safe healthy and protected at all times,” Mrs Fontaine said. She further stated that at the ministry of education will continue to be put in place so that the child friendly school initiative is implemented in all schools. “We have seen significant changes, positive changes in the schools that have embraced the initiative. However, we are also aware that we have a lot of work to do and this is particularly highlighted when incidences of violence against children come to the fore,” Mrs Fontaine said.
Mrs Fontaine indicated that violence is not a human condition but is learnt and preventable. “We must understand that prevention requires a reassessment of how conflict is viewed and resolved and I think that is the conversation that we should be having so that we can draw closer to understanding that certain actions are just not acceptable,” she said. A pilot program is set to commence in two schools after the workshop which will be aimed at combatting violence and assault against students. – article taken from DaVibes News,2/11/15