Educators in St. Kitts and Nevis receive Training in Restorative Practices from Canadian-funded IMPACT Justice

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On October 19th – 20th, 2015 IMPACT Justice held the first of two Restorative Practices training workshops in St. Kitts and Nevis. This workshop was attended by Primary and Secondary School Principals, Primary and Secondary School Guidance Counsellors and Education Officers. The group comprised 20 females and 6 males.

The session was opened by the Hon. Shawn K. Richards, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Youth Sports and Culture of St. Kitts and Nevis. The Honourable Minister advised that the workshop was timely and fit into the Ministry of Education’s Child Friendly Schools (CFS) Framework. He also expressed his government’s commitment to the wholesome development of all young children, and urged participants to embrace a set of principles which would bring dignity to students.

Training was conducted by Mr. Ron Cameron of the International Institute of Restorative Practices – Canada.

By the end of the workshop participants were eager to see Restorative Practices implemented in their schools and working environments. They also agreed that the workshop was timely, as there is an overwhelming need for change in St. Kitts. Many participants also requested information on how to receive further training and in some instances, how to become Restorative Practices trainers. The workshop ended on a very positive note and participants were very enthusiastic and eager to start using the Restorative Practice approach.

On October 21st and 22nd, 2015 IMPACT Justice held the second of two Restorative Practices training workshops in St. Kitts and Nevis. This workshop was attended by Secondary and Primary School Principals, Secondary School Deputy Principals, Secondary and Primary School Guidance Counsellors, Education Officers and School Attendance Counsellors. The group comprised 20 females and 6 males.

During this two day training workshop participants were taught the history of restorative practices, basic principles of restorative practices, various tools and mechanisms which could be used in the resolution of conflicts, including the effective use of circles.

Like the first cohort, the feedback from the workshop was also very good, with persons seeking more information on how and when they could receive further training or how they could become Restorative Practices trainers.

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