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Minister Gadsby-Dolly: Adults should help Youth find their own Solutions

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Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts addresses the audience at the Launch of the Peer Mediation Programme 2016 on Monday 29th February, 2016

“Adults need to give youth the space to discuss their issues. If not, the solutions that we find, as adults, will not resonate with our youth. Youth input is crucial and critical.”

Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, spoke at the Launch of the Peer Mediation Programme 2016 at the Warrenville Regional Complex, Warrenville, Cunupia on Monday 29th February, 2016.

The Peer Mediation Programme, implemented by the Community Mediation Services Division, is one of the initiatives of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts. It uses conflict resolution education as an avenue through which many of the challenges which our children face in their schools can be alleviated. Students would be empowered to become better negotiators, learn leadership skills and exercise self-control.

During her overview of the Peer Mediation Programme, Mrs Vidiah Ramkhelewan, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry explained, “This programme will impact approximately one hundred and fifty (150) Primary and Secondary school students from Enterprise Government Primary, Cunupia Government High, Toco Government Secondary, St. Jude’s Home for Girls and St. Michael’s Home for Boys.

As a pre-cursor to the programme, Guidance Counsellors, School Social Workers and Teachers were part of a ‘Train the Trainer’ Programme where they were exposed to Peer Mediation. Mrs Beverly Harry-Emmanuel - Executive Director, Community Mediation Services Division thanked the seventy-two (72) professionals for being a part of the training programme and the role they would play in developing the programme in their various schools and institutions.

The Community Mediation Services Division, of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts offers mediation services at seven (7) offices across Trinidad. Mediation allows parties that are directly involved to decide on their own solution to disputes. The Division handles disputes including Landlord/Tenants, Neighbourhood problems, Family and Relationships disputes, for example, Visitation Rights, Access as well as Custody and Maintenance. 

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Dr the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and Mrs Vidiah Ramkhelawan, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts stand with students of Cunupia High Secondary School at the launch of the Peer Mediation Programme