JIS News

The Garvey Maceo High School in Clarendon has won the second annual peer counselling competition organized by the Peace in Life Counselling Centre, a non-government organization, which is supported by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ).
The competition, which was held at the Hotel Versalles in May Pen on Friday (Dec. 9) saw Garvey Maceo emerging victorious after competing with four other institutions in an essay contest, a cultural presentation and presenting an overview of the institution’s peer counselling project for 2006.
Second place went to Denbigh High while Bustamante High placed third. The top three schools received trophies courtesy of Peace in Life and EFJ, while the lower placed institutions were presented with certificates of participation.
Established in 2002, the Peace in Life Counselling Centre sees to form links with schools to establish peer counselling programmes. Currently, the centre has established programmes in 14 schools in Clarendon and also offers professional counselling outside of the classroom setting.
Director of the Centre, Josephine Williams, told JIS News that the annual competition was designed to prepare young peer counsellors for leadership. “By having effective leaders, we need to also expose them to different aspects and spheres of life and having a competition is also motivating them as leaders to continue to grow,” she said.
Dr. Orlean Brown Earle, consultant psychologist and guest speaker at the awards ceremony, encouraged the peer counsellors to help other young persons through counselling and to follow up on their progress.
“You are being strengthened now to help others. so when you go back to your schools you’re to share this information. you’re gonna help other people know what is happening, how they can grow emotionally, spiritually and how they can be better Jamaicans for the future,” she told the youngsters.
She further invited them to participate in a Culture and Education, Sports and Ethics Programme (CESEP), which is designed to engage teachers and students from different countries and cultures in the dialogue of healthy sport.
As part of the initiative, students are invited to participate in an art competition to show the value of culture in sports and how good culture related to good sportsmanship, with the winning pieces to be exhibited at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The competition is open to children six to 18 years, who can use any form of artistic expressions such as collages, painting, drawings and essays to depict good sportsmanship.

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