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Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has given her full support to the Values and Attitudes Programme as a strategic weapon in her efforts to promote positive changes in family life.
The Prime Minister’s support was communicated to the members of the Values and Attitudes steering committee by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Patricia Sinclair McCalla, at a meeting at Jamaica House recently.
The new Convener of the steering committee is nutritionist, Dr. Heather Little-White with international football referee, Peter Prendergast as Deputy Convener. The other members are: project director of Change from Within, Pauletta Chevannes; Senior Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Science and Technology, Reginald Budhan; Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Senator, Prudence Kidd-Deans; Reverend Harris Cunningham, Jamaica Council of Churches; Loveda Jones representing the HEART Trust/National Training Agency; Principal of the Haile Selassie High School, Claney Barnett; businessman, Robert Scott; Executive Director of Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU), Georgia Scott; social worker and educator at the Shortwood Teachers College, Winnie Anderson Brown and guidance counsellor, Monica Holness.
Minister of Information and Development, Senator Colin Campbell, in his address at the meeting, urged the committee members to serve with unity of purpose as the inculcation of better values and attitudes would create a more inviting society with better opportunities for all.
The Information Minister, under whose portfolio the progamme falls, highlighted the potential of the initiative to continue to influence values and attitudes at the community level, through the collaborative efforts of agencies such as the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the Dispute Resolution Foundation.
The SDC, now in the Office of the Prime Minister, will have a strategic role to play in community development and the promotion of values and attitudes.
The Values and Attitudes Programme was instituted in 1994 by former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, as a means of addressing indiscipline, incivility and violence, and return the society to one where social values and attitudes prevailed.
Initiatives under the programme include public education in schools, teachers colleges, youth clubs and other community groups with a view to influencing positive values and attitudes among the youth.

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