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4 new restorative practices trainers to be certified in the region

By IMPACT Justice Project

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(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) — The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project, hosted two 2-day Restorative Practices Workshops in the Shell Suite of the Solution Centre, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus from April 3rd to 6th, 2018.

These workshops were conducted to conclude the training of 4 of the 6 persons trained in Barbados to be Restorative Practices Trainers.

At the opening ceremony for the workshops, Professor Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of the IMPACT Justice Project stated that thus far IMPACT Justice has trained hundreds of persons across 10 of the 13 CARICOM countries in which the Project is implemented.

She expressed her pleasure that the Project has reached the stage where it can now boast of having created a cohort of trainers to further promote the use of Restorative Practices through which educators and parents can address violence and bullying within schools.

The 4 persons who will now qualify for certification as Restorative Practices Trainers are Ms. Patricia Warner, Senior Education Officer, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Julia Edey, Guidance Counsellor, Parkinson Memorial School, Mr. Ken Layne, Deputy Principal, Darryl Jordan Secondary School and Ms. Gloria Lewis, Lecturer, T.A. Marryshow Community College, Grenada.

All 4 of the new trainers received high praise from the participants who comprised, Education Officers, Principals, Guidance Counsellors, Youth Commissioners, Primary School Counsellors and Teachers. Mr. Bruce Schenk, Director of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, Canada, was also very pleased with the performance of the new trainers.

On April 11th and 12th, IMPACT Justice will facilitate another workshop at which 2 more trainee trainers from Guyana and St. Vincent and the Grenadines will have an opportunity to complete their certification process.

This workshop is being held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Guyana.

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