Dream a new World
A multi-pronged intervention to improve the social skills and academic performance of high-risk children, the 'Dream A World Cultural Therapy Programme', has for the past seven years been catering to 100 eight to nine-year-olds from inner-city communities in Kingston.
The development programme, which began in 2006, was created by Professor Frederick Hickling, former head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of West Indies, and utilises psychological techniques to challenge dysfunctional children to change their paradigm through the creation of a 'new world' using creative arts as well as remedial academic support in mathematics and English.
Children participating in the programme have experienced phenomenal improvements in their academic and social performance. The programme has been lauded as being a good model for achieving positive behaviour change among who were considered disruptive and underachieved.
This year, the educational and therapeutic teams of Dream A World will be celebrating the success of the participating children through the staging of a grand 'Show and Tell' on August 1, at the Courtleigh Auditorium, 8 St Lucia Avenue in St Andrew at 4 p.m. The children will present a full showcase of their design to several notable members of the public who have been invited to learn about the work of the programme and to encourage their development.