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  • The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) will be hosting the first of five information fairs at the Spanish Town High School in St. Catherine, on Monday August 22, as part of the Grade Seven orientation activities.
  • The programme, which began its pilot phase in 2015, is focusing on five schools – Holy Trinity High, Spanish Town High, Norman Manley High, Dinthill Technical High and Papine High.
  • Fairs will also be held at Dinthill Technical on September 5; Papine High on September 5; Holy Trinity High on September 6 and Norman Manley High on September 7.

The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) will be hosting the first of five information fairs at the Spanish Town High School in St. Catherine, on Monday August 22, as part of the Grade Seven orientation activities.

The fair, which falls under the ‘Stay Connected’ programme, is an initiative designed to promote the increase of parental involvement throughout the adolescent years.

“We hope to create activities to encourage parental involvement from as early as first form,” Director of Communication at the NPSC, Mikhale Edwards, told JIS News.

The programme, which began its pilot phase in 2015, is focusing on five schools – Holy Trinity High, Spanish Town High, Norman Manley High, Dinthill Technical High and Papine High.

Mr. Edwards said these schools were chosen based on a national risk assessment, “which found that a number of students were exhibiting ‘mal-attitude’ behaviours at these institutions”.

Based on these results, the NPSC decided to intervene, he noted, adding that the Commission wants to educate parents about elements of effective parenting, which are nurturance, structure, empowerment and recognition.

“All these components contribute to a child developing holistically,” the Communication Director said.

During the fairs, a series of workshops and seminars will be undertaken by the Commission. The topics to be covered include sex and sexuality; transition of parents with children throughout high school; 21st Century parenting – infusing technology in the nurturance and empowering of  children; and staying connected with children through the adolescent years.

The NPSC in undertaking the programme will be partnering with the Child Development Agency (CDA),  Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), E-Learning Jamaica (E-L Jam), Jamaica Library Service (JLS), Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL),  National Integrity Action (NIA) and the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).

Fairs will also be held at Dinthill Technical on September 5; Papine High on September 5; Holy Trinity High on September 6 and Norman Manley High on September 7.