Barbados is sick. So says chief executive officer of Supreme Counselling for Personal Development Shawn Clarke, who argues that it is time Barbadians stop burying their heads in the sand about this affliction and deal with the issue.
Clarke says proof of this sickness is manifested through the increasing crime and gun violence as well as the spate of aggressive behaviour demonstrated among our school children, one of which recently occurred inside the compound of a secondary school and has left a 16-year-old hospitalized with stab wounds about his body.
During a parent’s seminar on Saturday, Clarke was unapologetic about his point of view stating that in any kind of recovery the first step to recovery is to accept that you have a problem.
“Our young ladies are aggressive and we need to stop and ask ourselves what is going on. Then we need to go further … we need as a collective, to put strategies in place that will work to save our young people.”
Clarke said that academic achievements are fine, but he charged that without the team players, the discipline and management of anger that comes along with personal development tools that can help an organisation or people productively move from point A to B, they will all be for naught.
The CEO stressed that parents need to stop looking to a government, school, teachers, church or others as the saviour and begin to look within themselves and be accountable for their own children. Not taking responsibility for “what we have created” and putting the burdens and problems at somebody else’s door by stating, ‘let the teachers deal with you’ or ‘let them pray the demons out of you’ is not helping the main problem. With that said, Clarke believed that the youth need genuine people they know they can reach out to and depend on.
“The reality is our young people are not the way they are today by no fault of theirs. We had a system in this country over the years where we as adults hide everything, juck everything under the carpet because we don’t want the next door neighbour to know we business … Now, we cannot bear to see what we have created. This problem is not a Supreme Counselling problem, this problem is not a secondary or primary problem, it is not the problem of the Child Care Board … this is a national problem and we have to stop depending on other people to solve this problem and we got to get up and get involved. We got to stop with the mentality that ‘that ain’t my business’. It is the ‘that ain’t my business’ mentality that got Barbados where it is today. And I am very sorry for persons who don’t like what I have to say, you will get used to it or forget it but it is time that the truth be told,” Clarke stated.
“We don’t need to hold our government accountable only, we need to hold ourselves accountable as well. Because a lot of what is happening is our creation and we got to help and to undo some of the damage that we would have done before it gets too late,” he maintained. (KC)