Twenty-one parents now have the skills necessary to be effective, empathetic and empowered after graduating from the Ministry of Education’s ‘Let’s Talk Parenting Programme.
The ‘Let’s Talk Parenting’ programme is an outreach component of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development through Health and Family Life Education.
The three-month programme was coordinated by Health and Family Life officer, Reena Jno. Charles.
She said that it is the ministry’s objective to ensure the success of all children, hence the launching of the programme which has been successfully run for the last two years.
“No longer should parents and guardians abdicate their responsibilities of teaching and learning to the school. Research is showing a strong partnership between home and school to foster success in children,” Jno Charles said.
Jno Charles noted a thirst for knowledge among the parents of the Roseau Primary School but saw the need to encourage more participation from fathers.
Parental involvement, celebrating your child’s worth, helping with homework, child protection, self-esteem, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, effective communication with children, morals and values and use of the Education Management Information Systems were some of the topics covered during the programme.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Chandler Hyacinth commended the participating parents and gave her ministry’s commitment to continue the programme.