(ZIZ News) – Minister of Education, the Hon. Shawn Richards said the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis fully supports the Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, or CEPTED Programme.
A three-day workshop is currently underway to train stakeholders on how to guide and develop the programme, which would tackle youth on youth violence by focusing on environmental factors.
Minister Richards said crime in the community can impact the overall development of the nation, adding that the Government supports efforts to tackle it at the source.
“This Government is cognizant of the fact that crime and insecurity remain one of the principal obstacles to social and economic development in the Caribbean. This is why there is an urgent need to repair and restore our schools and communities to places where our students and residents can feel safe to learn and live,” Minister Richards said.
He said to this effect, the Ministry is working with other individuals and agencies to eliminate crime among the youth.
“It has become necessary for the Ministry of Education to partner with all stakeholders that have an interest in taking a proactive role in eliminating these unwelcomed activities. I am optimistic for a brighter tomorrow,” he said.
Cayon High School has been chosen as one of several schools across the region to pilot the CEPTED Programme.