“CHANGE FROM WITHIN” – INTERVENTION PROGRAMME

“CHANGE FROM WITHIN” – INTERVENTION PROGRAMME

 

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Library Services through its Department of Education collaborated with the Clement Howell High School to organize a social intervention programme, Change From Within, to address the increased sporadic disruptions the school has been experiencing since the start of the school year.  These disruptions included feuds among a group of twenty-one (21) boys engaging constantly in altercations and fights which have affected the smooth flow in the day to day operation at the school. 

 

The feuds were somewhat territorial with boys from one set of communities against another. This social intervention effort is the first programme emanating from the recently approved Alternative Education Policy. It sought to develop an alternative education classroom for behaviour improvement in students exhibiting deviant behaviour patterns which are not in accordance with expected standards and outcomes and regulations of the school. 

 

This behaviour improvement classroom is developed in a reduced stimulus environment with a structured learning programme seeking to have students carry out introspection and understanding the reasoning behind their actions and taking responsibility for changing their social direction. 

 

Change from Within: The Overview

The programme is designed for four weeks which started on Monday, February 5 2018 and finishes on Thursday, March 2 2018. It focusses on allowing the boys to come to an understanding of their behaviour and finding positive avenues to channel them.   It is believed that the behaviour demonstrated by these boys are directed related to community influences which impact their social interactions with their peers within the school. The students will carry out self-assessments and try to understand how their decisions and actions impact themselves and others.  During the course of the programme Parents/Guardians will also participate in sessions on Parenting and Parenting Skills as well as understanding their child/ward.

 

In order for this robust programme to effect the intended results for both students and Parents, the following Departments and persons have been coopted by the Department of Education to participate with the school:  Educational Psychologist; Truancy Officer; Department of Youth; Department of Library Services; Department of Mental Health; Department of Social Development; Turks and Caicos Constabulary Force

 

Over the four weeks the following critical areas will be addressed in the programme: Understanding Self-Without Peer Pressure; Conflict Resolution; Interpersonal Relationships; Critical Thinking; Consequential Thinking; Anger Management; Use of Drugs (Marijuana) and its Effect on Mental Processing and Social Behaviour; Parenting and Understanding your Child; Safeguarding the Child – Role and Expectation of the Parent.

 

During the programme, the following activities have also been infused daily; Individual Counselling and Group Sessions; Reflective Journaling; Testimonials or Inspirational Talks and Field Trips. These activities complement the structured sessions.

 

Completion of Programme

At the end of the four weeks, each boy would understand how his behaviour affects others and the consequences to certain behavioural outcomes. He will have acquired the required skills necessary to take responsibility for his own learning outcomes and develop skills to resolve issues without engaging in physical confrontations and fights. Additionally, he will learn how to become a positive change agent in school and his community and finally understand the law and penalties attached to certain actions.

 

Each student will also compile a checklist with role and life changes to be adhered to at school or home after the programme. He will also undergo a case conference to assess what he has garnered from the programme, giving feedback on the sessions and how it has impacted him as well as speak about his daily reflections in the journals. Finally, he will list the role and life changes that he will now use to influence his decisions and actions.

 

The panel of Counsellors will recommend re-integration into the school environment and if there will be need for internal follow up sessions with the Guidance Counsellors at the school or external sessions with the Department of Mental Health.

 

Week One (February 5 – 9)

Week One started off very well. The sessions were very productive. It started with testing and evaluation of the students to assess their social, emotional, psychological, academic levels and career interests aligned with their personality.  Among the sessions during this week were sessions on Who am I; Understanding Adolescence; Peer Influence; My Beliefs; Developing Self Worth; My Crowd; My Character Counts and Personal Grooming.  

 

Among the Facilitators were Mr. Devon Cox, Mr. Jarrett Forbes, Fr Alvardo Adderley of St Monica’s Anglican Church and Pastor Bradley Handfield.   The first session was also held with the Parents where there were discussions on Parenting and Understanding your Responsibility as a Parent.

 

There were a number of courtesy visits that were made during the week. Among them were the Acting Minister of Education, Youth and Library Services, Hon Goldray Ewing; the Permanent Secretary Mr. Wesley Clerveaux and Director of Education, Mr. Edgar Howell.

 

 

Environmental Health Department Hosts First Mold Moisture and Remediation Workshops

The Environmental Health Department in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Service has hosted two, one day ‘Mold, Moisture and Remediation Workshops’ on the Islands of Providenciales and Grand Turk on February 13-14, 2018.

The workshop was geared towards staff within the Department of Public Works, Estate Management, Environmental Health Department in addition to other Health and non-health officials. 

The facilitators for the events were Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) consultants Dr. Stephane Perron M.D. who is a physician specializing in public health and preventive medicine, and an adjunct professor for the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Montreal.

He is the chief medical officer for the Urban Environment and Healthy Lifestyle division of Montreal’s public health department. He also does clinical work at the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic located in the University of Montreal's Hospital Center; and Ms. Mireille Carpentier - Occupational Hygienist.

During the workshop, facilitators discussed topics such as:

  • Health Effects and Mold
  • Investigation of the health effects of Mold exposure in the Home and Workplace
  • Moisture in buildings: how moisture gets into buildings, the relationship between air, moisture, temperature, and water.
  • Mold investigation methods
  • Mold sampling techniques
  • Mold Remediation: Health and Safety plan, respiratory protection

Attendants also had the opportunity to participate in conducting mold assessments in some of the buildings within the Turks and Caicos. The first of the two one day sessions took place in Providenciales on February 13, 2018.

The Environmental Health Department wishes to thank the PAHO Bahamas/Turks and Caicos Islands Office for facilitating this timely consultancy in order to help build local capacity in order to respond to mold in the wake of the 2017 hurricanes which impacted the TCI.

For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 338-2143 on Providenciales or 338-2144 on Grand Turk.

 

 

General Notice Regarding "No PO, No Payment"

NOTICE

Kindly note Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) would like to remind the general public that all financial commitments for goods and services, procured by TCIG, must be made using a TCIG purchase order. This action is to assist with increasing the efficiency in the procurement of services/goods and payment of invoices across TCIG.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) will therefore be enforcing its “No Purchase Order, No Payment” policy. As a consequence, all suppliers of goods and services to the TCIG must not, under any circumstances, accept verbal or written order(s) from anyone of whatever designation on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government unless a signed copy of a valid TCIG Purchase Order is given.

Transactions outside of this process will not be recognized/processed.

Additionally, as a part of the “No Purchase Order, No Payment” policy the supplier/vendor must reference the valid PO number on the invoice, otherwise the invoice will be returned to the vendor for completion.

ENDS

Youth Department Host Business Presentation Workshop

The Ministry of Education through the Department of Youth Affairs will be hosting its first Business Presentation Workshop for youths in the community of Grand Turk, taking place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 9:00am to 11:00am in the H J Robinson Auditorium.

The presenter for this collaborative effort by the Youth Department and the community, is Mr. Kerwin Boxill.  Mr. Boxill, highly motivated and skilled in business and mentoring, author of “Recruit Retain and Retire” and “Personality over Price”, will be sharing his three (3) crucial strategies in business.  These strategies will help:

  • Strengthen social skills;
  • Promote personal development;
  • Facilitate and strengthen life skills, such as learning to work towards collective goals; and
  • Encourage positive social interaction

The workshop emphasizes to the youth the importance of learning effective ways to succeed in the business environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands and worldwide.  The Youth Department mission is to engage, inspire, and celebrate youth through programs to successfully engage them in meaningful ways.  We pride ourselves on the ability to recognize an issue and engage youth in the solution.

The Workshop Objectives are to:

  • Learn and understand interaction and representation
  • Become one with business
  • Engage in Attraction Marketing
  • Have clients begging for your service or product
  • Increase loyal clients for life.

This is an excellent opportunity for the youths of Grand Turk, driven by the desire to help develop a foundation of skills for building a more well-rounded and resilient cadre of Youth in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

 

 

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