PRESS RELEASE – A retreat for form two students of the Micoud Secondary School was held on Friday September 26th 2014 at the Micoud Multi-Purpose Centre, where education and empowerment sessions were held separately for girls and boys.
The Division of Gender Relation and St. Lucia Crisis Centre facilitated the session with the boys which focused on empowering the young men to harness their energies to think positively, develop strong mental attitudes, set goals and develop techniques which can help in achieving those goals.
Vice President of the St. Lucia Crisis Centre, Stephen Lambert noted that the Crisis Centre has been reaching out to young men in an effort to change the negative trend in society where the boys feel neglected and adopt the attitude of some men who have not reached their goals or function as men should in society.
“So our goal essentially is to change that trend by making those programmes available, where we speak to the men, give them advice, teach them how to set goals and to be able to do the things that will help them to be successful and good citizens.”
Information and Education Supervisor at the St. Lucia Planned Parenthood Association, Patricia Biscette facilitated the session with the form two girls which focus on the growth and development of the adolescents, with a emphasis on the physical, emotional and sexual changes taking place during puberty.
Sally St. Juste, Form Two Year Head at the Micoud Secondary School stated, “Our girls are at an age where they are experiencing various changes in their bodies and based on our observation it would seem that some of them are not sure what is going on with them or how to cope with those changes in their bodies”
Both boys and girls felt their session were informative and rewarding and expressed their gratitude to their facilitators.