374 students to graduate from M.A.G.I.C.

(ZIZ)– 374 students from 15 primary schools in St. Kitts are better prepared to make the transition to high school and positively impact their peers after completing the Mentoring Advising Guiding and Instructing Children (M.A.G.I.C.) programme.

At the graduation ceremony held on Wednesday, Commissioner of Police, Celvin Walwyn, spoke of the importance of the implementation of the M.A.G.I.C. program.

“Today is a good day in St. Kitts because every gang member you see in St. Kitts was once a little child in middle school, was in elementary school and the whole purpose of this is to curtail the gangs in this country by giving our children the right choices alternatives to gangs guns drugs and violence and the magic programme is the first step,” he said.

Prime Minister the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas encouraged the students to use what has been learned through the M.A.G.I.C. programme in every aspect of their lives.

“Students you have successfully completed the 10 week M.A.G.I.C. course and it is because of this that you are graduating today, but long after today is over, you absolutely must remember all that you were taught in MAGIC. It is essential that you always have the strength and the courage to do only what your conscience tells you is good and right,” he said.

The programme was implemented by the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force to address common issues facing young people including bullying and peer pressure.

Modelled after a programme created by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando Florida, M.A.G.I.C. promotes learning in a fun-filled environment.

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