Thursday 20 June, 2019

JWNF staging workshops to enhance skills in dealing with boys

A screenshot from a video of a violent incident which involved boys from a high school in Hanover earlier this year.

A screenshot from a video of a violent incident which involved boys from a high school in Hanover earlier this year.

A number of parents, teachers, principals and other educators are set to enhance their skills in dealing with boys at two workshops to be hosted by the J Wray and Nephew Foundation (JWNF) on April 17 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

Each forum caters to 50 participants and falls within the JWNF’s goal of ‘Transforming lives and communities for a better Jamaica’.

The workshops form part of a week of activities dubbed ‘Focus on Boys’, which also comprises a breakfast meeting with policymakers, and an assembly of over 300 boys.

The first workshop will take place at lunchtime, and targets parents. The interactive workshop will expose an audience of 50 mothers and fathers to best practices, tactics and strategies for raising their boys. The session will be moderated by Dr Michael Abrahams, obstetician and gynaecologist, comedian and father of two boys. 

Later that day, JWNF will host the second workshop, which targets educators.

Both sessions will feature presentations from international speakers Troy Kemp, Executive Director of the National Centre for the Development of Boys in Tennessee, and Calvin Hadley, Strategic Advisor and Student Ombudsman at Howard University in the United States.

The JWN Foundation, which was founded in 2012, operates under three pillars - Social Inclusion, Education and Culture, and focuses on strengthening the communities within J Wray & Nephew Limited’s business environs at Spanish Town Road in Kingston, New Yarmouth in Clarendon and Appleton Estate in St Elizabeth.

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