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Training reinforces positive behaviour in schools

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

BRIDGETOWN / BARBADOS, 25 October 2007  - Training sessions for teachers on positive behavioural management has been launched by the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports in Barbados, in collaboration with the Barbados Union of Teachers and the UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Office.

The sessions from 22- 23 October 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.

The sessions aimed to provide participants the tools to respond more holistically to behavioural problems, and to reinforce and reward the positive behaviour of most students.

Addressing the delegates at the symposium, UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Representative Tom Olsen said, “Children have differing needs. Developing a school culture that is conducive to the learning needs of all children, is one of your key responsibilities.”

His sentiments were echoed by the Deputy Chief Education Officer, Idamay Denny who reminded 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 behavioural 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. 

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.

For further information, please contact:

Niloufar Pourzand , Deputy Representative, UNICEF Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Tel ++ 246 4676152 email: npourzand@unicef.org

Lisa McClean, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Tel:  ++ 246  467 6157 e-mail: lmccleantrotman@unicef.org

Heather Stewart, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Office for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Tel:  ++ 246  467 6155 e-mail: hstewart@unicef.org




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