Fifty-nine St. Lucian educators and Ministry of Education officers received training in Restorative Practices in two workshops hosted by the Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice (IMPACT Justice) Project.
These workshops took place at the Bay Gardens Inn on October 4th – 5th and October 6th to 7th, 2016 respectively.
Professor Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of the IMPACT Justice Project chaired the Opening Session of the first workshop at which the Honourable Dr. Gale T. Rigobert, Minister of Education of St. Lucia delivered Opening Remarks.
The provision of training in Restorative Practices falls under the Alternative Dispute Resolution component of the IMPACT Justice Project and is intended to expose educators to alternate methods of resolving disputes in schools, whether these disputes arise amongst students, students and teachers and even amongst teachers themselves.
The objective of the training is to ultimately reduce the instances of violence and bullying in schools, improve behaviour, improve leadership, restore relationships and repair harm.