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UNICEF Supports on Positive Behavioural Management in Schools

© UNICEF ECO/2007/McClean-Trotman
UNICEF Representative Tom Olsen, engaging in a discussion with the President of the Barbados Union of Teachers, Mrs. Karen Best

Principals and teachers of public schools in Barbados learn about positive behavioral management in classrooms

Bridgetown, Barbados October 24, 2007.- In light of the growing concern about disciplinary challenges in the primary and secondary schools, the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports in Barbados, in collaboration with the Barbados Union of Teachers and the UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Office, hosted a series of training sessions for educators on positive behavioral management.

The sessions were held from 22- 23 October and were facilitated by Dr. Kerry King, Clinical Psychologist in Barbados, along with Professor Sharon Oxenford, of Mount Vernon University in Ohio and included a symposium for Principals of all public secondary and primary schools and a training session for teachers of the St. Leonard’s Boys School – the only all boy school in Barbados.

Addressing the delegates at the symposium, UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Representative Mr. Tom Olsen, urged the Principals to make their schools appropriate for all children.

“Children have differing needs,” he said, “Developing a school culture that is conducive to the learning needs of all children, is one of your key responsibilities”he further added.

His sentiments were echoed by the Deputy Chief Education Officer, Ms. Idamay Denny who too reminded the participants that any change in the school environment must come from their leadership.  She also used the opportunity to call for school wide protocols to address differences in disciplinary practices among teachers, as well as protocols for dealing with children with behavioral challenges.

This symposium and the training for teachers are part of the broader approach being taken by UNICEF to respond to the challenges of behavioural issues in classrooms across the island.  Other activities supported included a strategy meeting for members of the Caribbean Union Teachers held from 04-05 October. At this workshop, participants were exposed to the methodologies being employed in the Changing Classroom Culture Project at the Hillaby Turner’s Hall Primary School in Barbados – a school that is being used to demonstrate the whole school approach to positive behavioral management 

Another activity that is being supported by UNICEF is a study tour of educational officials in Barbados to a school in San Diego from 29 October to observe a whole-school behavioural management programme and classroom instructional differentiation techniques in practice.

It is expected that these activities will help provide educators with the tools not only to respond more holistically to behavioral problems, but to also reinforce and praise the positive behaviour of the overwhelming number of students in the system.

For more information:

Niloufar Pourzand, npourzand@unicef.org, UNICEF Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

Lisa McClean, lmccleantrotman@unicef.org, UNICEF Barbados and Eastern Caribbean.

Heather Stewart, hstewart@unicef.org, UNICEF Office for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean.


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Learn more at www.unicef.org/barbados


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