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  • Director for Safety and Security in Schools, Ministry of Education, Sergeant Coleridge Minto, says the Government has taken a multi-partnership approach to tackle crime and violence in schools.
  • The Director was speaking at the launch of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) - Spain Citizen Security project, at the Ministry of Education Region 4 offices in Montego Bay, on May 29.
  • The launch of the project is aimed at reducing youth-on-youth violence in schools and communities in five CARICOM states, including Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

Director for Safety and Security in Schools, Ministry of Education, Sergeant Coleridge Minto, says the Government has taken a multi-partnership approach to tackle crime and violence in schools.

He noted that this collaboration has been among the Ministries of Education and National Security, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and other stakeholders.

The Director was speaking at the launch of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) – Spain Citizen Security project, at the Ministry of Education Region 4 offices in Montego Bay, on May 29.

Mr. Minto pointed out that the partnership will strengthen the Safe Schools Programme, Dean of Discipline, and the Security and Safety Committee, comprising Principals, a representative from the school Board, the Dean of Discipline, guidance counsellor, the police, fire personnel, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and a member of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

“The Security and Safety Unit in the Ministry of Education is now working with schools to have this committee set up and functioning,” he said.

The Director expressed concern about statistics released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force that indicate an increase in violence against children.

The launch of the project is aimed at reducing youth-on-youth violence in schools and communities in five CARICOM states, including Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

Sergeant Minto said that unlike other programmes that attempt to control violent and anti-social behaviour in the later adolescent years, “this programme seeks to identify, through early detection, and to apply the appropriate treatment based on each specific case.”

The seven participating schools are Cambridge High School, Irwin High School, Herbert Morrison Technical High School, St. James High School, Green Pond High School, Cornwall College and Anchovy High School.

Through the CARICOM-Spain Joint Fund Agreement, approximately US$500,000 has been allocated to pilot the project.