JIS News

November is being observed as Parents’ Month, and during the period, the Ministry of Education and Youth in partnership with the Coalition for Better Parenting (CBP) will focus on promoting good parenting strategies and celebrating outstanding parents.
In observance of Parents’ Month, the Ministry will be conducting a number of parenting workshops across the island.
Communication Director of the Education Transformation Project, Sharon Wolfe, indicated to JIS News that the workshops would focus primarily on the need for effective communication between parents and children. The workshop will also highlight the various parenting resources that are available and how parents can help to improve literacy in their children.
“What we want to do is share with parents some of the techniques on how to be what we call a ‘reading pal’ to their child,” she explained.
“When parents feel challenged, we also want them to know that they are not alone. We want them to be mindful of the fact that there are various organizations and agencies that will offer support and guidance,” she pointed out.
The first parenting workshop will be held on November 9 at the Robins Bay Primary School in St. Mary. This will be followed by a workshop for parents with disabled children on Saturday, November 11 at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston.
On November 14, there will be two workshops in Kingston, which will focus on providing parenting tips for inner-city parents. One will be held at the Terra Nova Hotel at 8:30 a.m. while the other will be hosted at the Caenwood Auditorium, on Arnold Road beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The Ministry will also host a Literacy Extravaganza under the theme ‘Reading as a Family Affair’ on November 30 at the Machioneal All Age School in Portland.
The month’s activities will culminate with a national awards ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on December 1, to honour a number of outstanding parents.