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Project needs ‘all on board’

Yvette Best

Project needs ‘all on board’

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ALL HANDS on deck, and no finger-pointing at particular groups. 
Acting Chief Education Officer Laurie King said that was what it would take for the Schools Positive Behaviour Management Programme (SPBMP) to be successful, and that the various communities needed to be involved.
King was speaking at the official launch of the programme at the Ministry of Education yesterday, where he noted that the implementation of SPBMP was not going to be a “quick fix”.
He said that all players needed to resolve to take action to support the programme, which would have a “ripple effect” across the country and in all sectors.
National technical director Nicole Phillips said SPBMP was relevant and timely and was aiming at the holistic development of the child in a safe, positive, safe and creative environment. 
Phillips said results from the schools already on board showed improved confidence and better behaved and settled children.
Tom Olsen of UNICEF, which has provided technical and financial support for the programme, said the programme was not a one-size fits all but would have to be shaped to suit the needs of the particular territory. He noted that it was beyond discipline and corporal punishment and would equip students with conflict resolution and life skills that would help in dealing with issues.
A general call was issued for sponsors to get on board, and the National Council on Substance Abuse is already on board.
Twelve secondary schools and 19 primary schools are already involved and the plan is to include all schools eventually.