EFJ Funds Parenting Project in Clarendon


The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) has donated $450,000 towards the development of a project in the Longville Park community in Clarendon, designed to teach good parenting skills.
The opening exercise for the parenting skills training workshop was held on Saturday, January 8 at the Longville Park Community Centre.
First Vice President of the Citizens Association, Baldvin McKenzie, said that in 2004, the association compiled a three-year development plan out of which the parenting workshop evolved.
This event, he explained, was geared at addressing some of the concerns about the behaviour of children, and aggressiveness on the part of parents towards them. He said that one of the primary expectations from the workshop was the implementation of community parenting.
“What we need, what we expect to get out of this, is community parenting; we want to develop a model community in Jamaica,” Mr. McKenzie said.
In addition, a parent support organization is expected to be formed out of the workshop with the main objectives of the organization being to highlight the work of the parents in the community including the identification of the model family of the year, the best single parent of the year and best parent of the year.
Training sessions include topics on preparation for parenthood; roles of parents in the development stages; types of abuse; drug abuse; juvenile delinquency; sex education; leadership roles; building self esteem in children; the impact of music on children; conflict resolution, mediation, nutrition and education; rights of the child; and socialization.
More than 200 parents from the community are expected to participate in the six-day workshop, which will be held from January 6 to 30.
According to Mr. McKenzie, follow up workshops are expected to be held every three months.In his address at the function, Executive Director of the EFJ, Commander John McFarlane, said that the EFJ in partnership with the community “has a responsibility to take care of the physical, social and economic environment within which we live”.
“There is a tremendous link between the environment and children. They aren’t two separate things.the EFJ is there to deal with the development of environmental sustainability and conservation and child survival and development. There’s also the social environment, which is us.and the community within which you work, and the economic environment. We have a responsibility to pay attention to all of those things – we at the EFJ and we in our communities,” he said.

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