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NSPC hosts information fair for parents

Published:Monday | August 22, 2016 | 8:00 AM
A student makes his way to the entrance of the Papine High School.

The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) will be hosting the first of five information fairs at the Spanish Town High School in St Catherine today.

The fair, which is part of the grade seven orientation activities at the school, falls under the 'Stay Connected' programme, an initiative designed to promote the increase of parental involvement throughout the adolescent years.

"We hope to create activities to encourage parental involvement from as early as first form," director of communication at the NPSC, Mikhale Edwards, told JIS News.

The programme, which began its pilot phase in 2015, is focusing on five schools: Holy Trinity High, Spanish Town High, Norman Manley High, Dinthill Technical High, and Papine High. Edwards said thee, schools were chosen based on a national risk assessment, "which found that a number of students were exhibiting 'mal-attitude' behaviours at these institutions.

Based on the results, the NPSC decided to intervene. He noted that the commission wants to educate parents about the elements of effective parenting, which are nurturance, structure, empowerment, and recognition.

"All these components contribute to a child developing holistically," he said. During the fairs, a series of workshops and seminars will be undertaken by the commission. The topics to be covered include sex and sexuality; transition of parents with children throughout high school; 21st-century parenting - infusing technology in the nurturance and empowering of children; and staying connected with children through the adolescent years.

The NPSC, in undertaking the programme, will be partnering with the Child Development Agency, the Office of the Children's Registry, the Office of the Children's Advocate, E-Learning Jamaica, the Jamaican Library Service, Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning, National Integrity Action, and the Citizen Security and Justice Programme.

Fairs will also be held at Dinthill Technical and Papine High on September 5; Holy Trinity High on September 6; and Norman Manley High on September 7.

- JIS