Saturday 7 December, 2019

Wards of the state to benefit from debate and empowerment programme

Children in state care are set to benefit from an eleven-week programme designed to teach them about their rights.

The initiative is being undertaken by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and the Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment (JADE).

Chief Executive Officer of CPFSA Rosalee Gage Grey believes the programme will "increase the children's self-esteem and confidence as well as their academic abilities".

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For the next 11 weeks, JADE will host training sessions for wards across the island to help sharpen their debating skills.

The programme comes just weeks after a damning United Nation's report that cited Jamaica as a human trafficking hotspot.

The report claimed that some Jamaican hotels were being used to facilitate sexual acts between adult tourists and children.

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