Common Sense Parenting

Republic Bank, under its Power to Make a Difference Programme (PMAD), partnered with the Franciscan Institute, based in St. Lucia to launch a three-year programme on Common Sense Parenting & Parenting for Literacy, which includes a Training of Trainers component.

The first phase comprised a six-session seminar held at J.W. Fletcher Catholic Secondary School, Nehemiah Pre-School, St. John and the St. Andrew’s R.C. School during the period, February 09th to March 26th.

Participants included staff from the Bank and teachers and parents from the selected schools.

The Common Sense Parenting & Parenting for Literacy Programme focuses on a practical approach to enabling healthy family relations based on a proven model produced by Boys Town, USA.

Participants were taught parenting skills to discourage negative behaviours, while encouraging positive alternatives to problem-solving, which will result in improved child-parent relations and reduction in violence and abuse.

During the Train the Trainers Programme, participants were trained to become facilitators of the Common Sense Parenting Programme to ensure the continuity of the programme, locally.

The Bank’s contribution to this 3-year programme is $115,000 (One Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Dollars) during which time six hundred persons are expected to be trained.

Republic Bank is committed to effecting positive change in our communities through better parenting and literacy skills, beginning with the parents and teachers and together making a positive difference in our society.

(The above was submitted by Republic Bank)

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