- Two information fairs under the theme, ‘Surviving the Transition to Secondary School’, will be held
- The Commission will be engaging fathers at these workshops.
- The workshop is also geared towards enhancing the relationship between fathers and their children
Parents, especially fathers, whose children will be attending secondary schools in the new academic year, are being encouraged to attend the Education Ministry’s parent information fairs.
The fairs are being organised by the Ministry of Education through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC).
Two information fairs under the theme, ‘Surviving the Transition to Secondary School’, will be held on Saturday, August 24, at Port Antonio High School in Portland and on Tuesday, August 27, at the St. Hilda’s High School in St. Ann. The fairs will commence at 12:00 noon daily. The first fair took place on Sunday, August 11 at Jamaica College, in Kingston.
The NPSC will be providing several workshops at the fairs with the topics: ‘Managing a Successful Transition’; ‘Teaching Your Children to Cope while Sustaining the Relationship’; ‘Fathers Matter’; ‘Engaging your Children’; and ‘Helping Teenagers to Adjust’.
Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on August 14 at the agency’s head office on Half-Way Tree Road, Executive Director of the NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles Freeman, said the Commission will be engaging fathers at these workshops.
“We think it is very important to reach out to fathers. We have had one workshop at a high school and you had 60 parents and they were all mothers, no fathers,” she said.
Dr. Charles Freeman said that at the workshop dubbed, ‘Fathers Matter’, fathers will understand their role and impact on their children’s lives. She said the workshop is also geared towards enhancing the relationship between fathers and their children.
“Fathers will also learn effective fathering strategies for building healthy families and to be able to engage their children and their needs, both at home and at school,” she added.
The NPSC, which operates through the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), has a mandate to co-ordinate activities relating to parenting and parenting support.
Its main objective is to implement the National Parenting Policy of Jamaica that gives support to parental organisations, by teaching them about the laws of the Child Protection Act, and ensuring that children are protected and not neglected.