PRESS RELEASE – With the provision of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars(EC$500,000.00) from the Government of Saint Lucia, the Community After School Programme (CASP) of the Ministry of Social Transformation, Local Government & Community Empowerment is set to continue changing the lives of vulnerable children around the island.
Under the Ministry of Social Transformation the Community After School Program (CASP) which is the flagship program of the MOST recommenced for the year 2015 to 2016. The CASP Programme is designed to provide children with safe and friendly supervision during after school hours.
One of the programmes objective is to teach children between the ages of 5 to 16 some basic life skills.
The CASP Assistant Coordinator in the Ministry of Social Transformation Ms.Antonia Renestated that.“For the summer programmswhich actually runs from July to August.
The Ministry has 10 centres onboard namely the Ciceron, La Maze, Soufriere, Faux A Chaux, Mon Repos, Belle-Vue, Millet, Jacmel, Belair, Wiltons Yard and the other four centres will start off in September. They are Monchy Fond St. Jaques,Babonneau and Vieux Fort.
The summer programme is like a summer safari and the kids will be doing arts and craft, dance and other creative things. The academic mandate will start in September according to the different centres which the program is being held at.”
The psychosocial component of the programme has been proven to produce positive results where participants received training in self-control, aggression, interpersonal skills, respect for authority and self-esteem.
Lianda Aimable the Faux A Chaux CASP Coordinator notes that “Our first activity was one where students were placed in groups, each group chose a leader, logo theme and name. The Kids made Placards and posters to depict their groups. Right now they are engaged in educational games like number dominoes and puzzles. We also have a Japanese Volunteer who is helping out in craft.”
The Ministry of Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment Launched the Community After School Programme in October 2009.