Sundial School student care coordinator LaVaune Hodge-Henry receives the material from PEACE IS Foundation President Glenville Blake on behalf of the school.
PHILIPSBURG–The Partnership to Encourage Acceptance, Caring and Empowerment In Schools (PEACE IS) Foundation has sponsored materials for Sundial’s Peaceable School Project.
Items sponsored include student manuals and programme guides for teachers. The Foundation said in a press release that it will continue to support Sundial in the implementation of this project. The Peaceable School Project, which has already begun, is a comprehensive programme for teaching conflict resolution.
Through the conflict resolution strategies of mediation, negotiation and group problem solving, students learn to recognise, manage and resolve conflicts in peaceful, non-coercive ways. The central vision of the programme is the creation of a peaceable climate, an understanding of conflict and of peace and the means of resolution through communication. Sundial is the second secondary school to launch the project, following St. Maarten Academy at the start of the 2015/16 school year.
Sundial’s social worker Rodney Davis said a key consideration of the school, when it decided to launch the programme, was the Peaceful Schools Project Report that was released by Student Support Services in 2010 following extensive research across the school community. The report gave a high-level view of safety, violence and attitudes towards them in schools. “To me, the most glaring data coming out of that study is the fact that over 90 per cent of our students do not rule out violence as a good way to deal with conflicts; that’s a problem,” said Davis, who is also the coordinator for the pilot project at Sundial School.