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  • Rev. Thwaites, is underscoring the importance of good parenting and stable family structures to Jamaica achieving its 2030 objectives for economic prosperity and social well being.
  • The Minister said it is remarkable how some abused children succeed in life, particularly in circumstances where there is abuse.
  • The National Parenting Support Commission (NSPC) is currently developing the ‘Effective Parenting Intervention Programme’.

Minister of  Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is underscoring the importance of good parenting and stable family structures to Jamaica achieving its 2030 objectives for economic prosperity and social well being.

“It is not okay for our young women and men to have children without knowing how they are going to take care of them.  A child grows up well when there is someone who is caring for them, preferably the two persons who brought them into the world. There is no amount of glossing about it,”  the Minister emphasised.

Rev. Thwaites was speaking at the opening of the Cornwall Regional Hospital’s Child Protection Committee’s (CPC) annual Child Month exhibition on May 15, at the hospital in Montego Bay.

The Minister said it is remarkable how some abused children succeed in life, particularly in circumstances where there is not only physical abuse, but also severe emotional and psychological scars.

Rev. Thwaites endorsed the efforts of the CPC which has among its objectives,  identifying  and protecting  abused and neglected children in Montego Bay and its environs. He invited the organization to partner with the National Parenting Support Commission (NSPC) –  an agency of  the Ministry –  to enhance  its reach to parents and children across western Jamaica.

The NSPC  is currently developing the ‘Effective Parenting Intervention Programme’, which is designed as a family behavioural intervention programme. It aims to introduce positive changes in children’s behaviour by modifying the family environment and will be implemented through the network of Parent Places or resource centres established in several schools across the island.

The Child Month exhibition is being staged under the theme: ‘Parents take responsibility : break the cycle’, and has attracted support from the Child Development Agency (CDA), St. James Drug Awareness Committee, People Living With HIV and Aids committee (PLWHA) and the St, James Fire Department, among others.