Teachers trained in conflict resolution

Osmond Petty

St. Kitts, September 25, 2010 (SKNIS): Permanent Secretary of Education Mr. Osmond Petty has stated that he is pleased with the content of a recent anger management workshop and satisfied that after participation educators would be better able to address classroom issues that could lead to acts of violence.

Mr. Petty prepared the anger management Project Concept and Proposal in June 2009 and submitted it to the Ministry of Sustainable Development for consideration by the OAS.

OAS Representative to the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis Mr. Starrett Greene has commended the Ministry of Education for its aggressive pursuit of technical assistance from the Organization made evident by its securing the largest share of such assistance among ministries.

Mr. Green was addressing participants at the first in the series of anger management and conflict resolution workshops organized by the Ministry of Education and funded by the OAS to the tune of U.S.$20,000.

The ministry sought the assistance of the OAS in this venture as a means of helping educators better manage the school environment by developing skills to alleviate tense situations that could lead to outbursts of violence among students.

Mr. Greene said his organization would continue to support meaningful and sustainable programmes for the development of the Federation.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Mr. Osmond Petty said not only will educators leave the workshop with upgraded skills, but each participant will also have a valuable resource in the form of a booklet for their use in the future. He further explained that follow up is a key component of his ministry’s strategy to curb violence in schools.

Thirty-two teachers will take part in each workshop happening over the next few weeks and through the month of October.

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