(PRESS RELEASE) – The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project held a launch for the Grenada Restorative Practices Network on March 6th, 2020 at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grand Anse Beach, St. George’s, Grenada.
The event was chaired by Professor Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of the IMPACT Justice Project who also delivered remarks on behalf of the Project. Professor Newton informed those gathered that between 2015 and 2020, IMPACT Justice sponsored restorative practices training for over 1000 educators, education officers and parents across 9 CARICOM countries. She explained that of this sum, 163 persons were selected from Grenada, with one Grenadian also being trained as a restorative practices trainer in 2018.
Professor Newton also explained that IMPACT Justice has assisted with the development of other Restorative Practices Networks in Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Mr. David Andrew, Chair of the Network’s Interim Executive Committee and Director of Student Support Services, Ministry of Education also delivered remarks. In his remarks, Mr. Andrew noted that his training in restorative practices has been invaluable to his work within the Ministry. He explained that there are endless applications for restorative practices ranging from addressing instances of harm and bullying to relationship and team building. He stated that through the Network he will be championing the use of restorative practices in schools and expressed the hope that many of the other persons trained in Grenada would come on board.
Other members of the Network’s Executive Committee are:
Mrs. Curleen Aban Marshall, Principal (Ag.), The Anglican High School, Tanteen, St. George’s, Grenada
Mr. Kenson Baptiste, Principal (Ag.), St. Andrew’s Methodist School
Mrs. Gillian Fleary-Lazarus, Lecturer, Teacher Education, TA Marryshow Community College, Tanteen, St. Georges, Grenada
Ms. Gloria Lewis, Lecturer, T.A. Marryshow Community College
Mr. Peter Regis, Graduate Teacher 1, Ministry of Education
Other speakers at the launch included Mrs. Curleen Aban-Marshall who brought greetings on behalf of the Honourable Emmalin Pierre, Minister of Education and Human Resources and voiced the Ministry’s support for the initiative, and Mrs. Gillian Fleary Lazarus who spoke on behalf of Dr. David Britton, Director of the T.A Marryshow Community College, which has come on board as the home of restorative practices in Grenada. Ms. Charleen Walkes, Project Officer, IMPACT Justice Project delivered the vote of thanks.