Principal makes clear her position, as students launch 16 days of activism
Principal of Harrison College Juanita Wade says education is the key to combating gender-based violence in Barbados and the rest of the region.
“Changing attitudes takes time but you change attitude . . . through education and then the experiences you allow students to have, that will help to shape them . . . and the way they think,” Wade told Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of the launch of 16 days of activism by the Gender Champions of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean at her school this week.
The initiative, which is sponsored by the Canadian High Commission, is the brainchild of Harrison College head boy Christopher Brathwaite, who was the ‘deputy high commissioner’ in the embassy’s Ambassador for a Day competition last year.
As part of their 16-day programme, the gender champions will seek to raise awareness, through educational talks and in-school competitions, on issues of violence against women and children.
While stating that her school had adopted a zero-tolerance policy to acts of violence, the Harrison College principal said it was also important to stress equality of the sexes.
“What we try to instill in the students would be the value of life,” she said, adding that “we let them know that they are equal so our students have equal opportunities”.