A secondary school principal has suggested young people who are engaged in positive activities won’t resort to crime and violence.
Principal of Grantley Adams Memorial School Valdez Francis told Barbados TODAY that despite his school being involved in violent incidents last year, the school has so far had a clean record in 2018.
“We haven’t had any major fights in this school or anything after that. So that is what was in the newspaper at the time. We are trying to work and do the best that we can to make sure that the children are safe in this space,” he said, adding that sometimes the children who perpetrate violence are only a small fragment of the student body.
“We want to build this school up so that it would be a beacon in the place and that children would want to come [to this school],” Francis said.
The principal of the St Joseph institution said that the upsurge of violence could emerge from individuals feeling disenfranchised in society with some of them being school children.
“The students who come to us are here in a captive space more or less but they are coming from communities where these things are happening,” he said.
“What we try to do is to harness the potential that they have to use the energy that they have in a positive way for them,” he said.
“Generally, we believe that if we reengage our children in a positive way that peace will reign as they would have something to look toward and to work towards and that is what we are trying to create; that atmosphere,” the rural high school principal said.
He suggested that part of the positive atmosphere was the appearance at the school of cultural artistes Faith, Phillip 7, Peter Ram and Mole to deliver a message about peace in ways students would understand.
The entertainers were joining the fight to promote peace in schools with the anti-violence campaign which is being launched at all secondary schools across the island.
The initiative which was implemented by The Minister of Education seeks to allow children to hear about peace from artistes that they view as their role models.
The perfomers encouraged Grantley Adams students to sing the campaign song as well as to understand that peace begins with them. They donated armbands to each student which bore the words Talk It Out Violence Solves Nothing.
“When the artistes are there performing they are engaging and out of the engagement comes a message that they are leaving. So if we apply that to the broader spectrum if we re-engage them with a curriculum that they need and want we can help to re-engage some of them,” Francis told Barbados TODAY.