News Feed

December 3, 2016 - Region lacks capacity to deal with severe weather, says climate change expert One climate change expert has said ... +++ December 3, 2016 - Senior citizens feted Senior citizens at the St Thomas, S ... +++ December 3, 2016 - Support for kidney sufferers A kidney transplant programme has b ... +++ December 3, 2016 - Don’t exclude them! Minister of Social Care Steve Black ... +++ December 3, 2016 - World media salute great Barbados Barbadians are truly a very proud p ... +++ December 3, 2016 - Worthing Beach closed Government this morning announced t ... +++

Call for counsellors

primary schools lacking emotional support - husbands

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Senator Harcourt Husbands yesterday made an appeal for more counsellors in primary schools.

Noting that there were only six professionally-trained counsellors in those schools across the island, he said there was a pressing need for more counselling services at the primary level to provide “emotional support” for children.

Senator Husbands addressed the issue as he spoke at the Sagicor Adopt-A-School launch, which was attended by principals of 11 primary schools that will benefit from the programme, along with the programme’s volunteers and Sagicor officials.

From left: Senator Harcourt Husbands; volunteer with Sagicor’s Adopt-A-School programme Robin Taylor; and vice president of sales at Sagicor Life, Gay Griffith.

From left: Senator Harcourt Husbands; volunteer with Sagicor’s Adopt-A-School programme Robin Taylor; and vice president of sales at Sagicor Life, Gay Griffith.

“We sorely need more people with counselling skills in the primary schools,” he lamented.

“We have not yet reached the stage in this country where we – and I’m saying we as a country, ministry and a people – offer our students that emotional support that is necessary for young people living in 2016.

“We lack that emotional support as a society. I don’t think we have reached that stage yet where we see it as critical to help these children. Not just condemn them, not just tell them how badly they are doing, but what support do we offer them?” the education official queried.

Senator Husbands urged the volunteers to contribute in any way possible, including offering their services in extracurricular activities, such as sports and music, or organizations such as Brownies and Boy Scouts.

“While you think of the grand things, there are simple, everyday things that might not take up as much time as you imagine that can be done,” he said.

Sagicor’s Vice President of Sales Gay Griffith revealed at the launch that the volunteers would cater to the needs of Hillaby Turner’s Hall Primary, Workman’s Primary, St John Primary, Eagle Hall Primary, Deacon’s Primary, Vauxhall Primary, St Mark’s Primary, St Catherine’s Primary, St Silas Primary, St Joseph Primary and Ignatius Byer Primary schools.

“We anticipate providing solutions in the areas of school beautification, health and safety, drives for supplies, infrastructure or equipment, nutrition, mentorship and career guidance and student and teacher incentive programmes,” he explained.

Griffith said the aim of the volunteer programme was to “have a positive impact on the communities in which we operate”.

Volunteer with Sagicor’s Adopt-A-School programme Robert Headley with Principal of Ignatius Byer Primary School Anderson Rollock.

Volunteer with Sagicor’s Adopt-A-School programme Robert Headley with Principal of Ignatius Byer Primary School Anderson Rollock.

Adopt-A-School volunteer Wayne Edwards with Principal of Hillaby Turner’s  Hall Primary School Angela Edwards.

Adopt-A-School volunteer Wayne Edwards with Principal of Hillaby Turner’s
Hall Primary School Angela Edwards.

6 Responses to Call for counsellors

  1. Hal Austin October 8, 2016 at 9:45 am

    We already have counsellors – they are called teachers – what we need are good teachers.

    Reply
    • Olutoye Walrond October 8, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Teachers cannot be all things to all children. Counselling is a specialist area of expertise.

      Reply
      • Coralita October 8, 2016 at 10:33 am

        Thank you Olu.

        Myopia is a serious thing. How can teachers counsel students effectively when they have 25 and 30 students to teach a curriculum to daily? There is only so much a teacher can do.

        Reply
      • nanci October 10, 2016 at 2:48 pm

        agree.

        Reply
  2. Hal Austin October 8, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Olutoye,

    Really! I never would have guessed that. Is it something in the Barbados educational system, or an ingredient in the cou-cou? Was the ‘profession’ of teaching discovered In Barbados, because we always seem to be out of sync with the rest of the civilised world.
    Do you know what differentiates a profession from a job?

    Reply
  3. nanci October 10, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I always thought Barbados need counselors in each and every school, because children grow up with too much criticism, and ridicule, you can see and feel it more in the adults, at least many adults. Counselors will help kids see a different way to solve their problems, they will teach ways for kids to have empathy for themselves and others. Many teachers dont have those skills, otherwise you wont see kids as young as 14 being kicked out of school, or you wont find adults ridiculing and criticizing others, and have no control on what come out of their mouth. So yes, teachers cant be counselors, counselors are those who treat clients with respect, and utmost attention and love

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *