Ending bullying

Sagicor Advisor Denise Reid presents a donation cheque to Nicholas DaSilva, Chairman of the Students’ Committee and student of Princess Margaret Secondary School. Also present were Students’ Committee Co-Chair Neantro Spencer and Shawn Clarke, CEO of Supreme Counselling.

The Supreme Counselling for Personal Development, a non-profit organisation, is now a few steps closer to understanding and preventing bullying in schools, due to support received from Sagicor Life Inc.

Results from a survey on the Prevalence of Bullying in Secondary Schools, conducted by the SCPD earlier this year, have provided valuable insights to the Ministry of Education and the SCPD. These insights will assist the SCPD as it develops its bullying prevention programme, Project Rescue, which will be launched later this month.

In November, Chief Executive Officer of SCPD, Shawn Clarke, will travel to Kansas City, Missouri in the United States, to attend the International Bullying Prevention Association conference where he will complete a course in implementing bullying prevention programmes. His visit will also take him to schools in Kansas City and Pennsylvania where he will observe their intervention programmes.

Clarke explained: “Once thought of as a rite of passage or harmless behaviour that helps build character, bullying is now known to have long-term academic, physical, and emotional effects on both the victim and the bully. Therefore, SCPD strongly believes that all hands should be on deck as we try to generate unique and meaningful ways of tackling the problem of bullying in our schools.”

In response, Assistant Vice President of Marketing at Sagicor Life Inc, Tracey Knight-Lloyd, remarked: “Sagicor Life Inc. supports the SCPD’s strategy to eradicate bullying at the source, by educating students and parents about the root causes and providing them with the tools to handle conflicts. Every child should feel safe at school, this is a fundamental right.”

The organisation, which was founded in 2009 has had promising success with its Life Skills Programme which provides mentorship for at-risk secondary school students. To date 64 students have graduated the programme and teachers and parents speak highly of the transformation they have seen in these students.

Students from the Coleridge and Parry School, St. James Secondary, Parkinson Memorial Secondary and Princess Margaret Secondary schools have benefited from sessions on Anger Management, Self-Esteem Building, Social Skills and Conflict resolution.

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