Sunday 5 April, 2020

Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew funds Red Hills boys’ assessment

From left: Paul Messam, Red Hills Primary School’s principal,  Marie Brown, Kiwanis Club of West St. Andrew’s president, and Marshalyn Rose, project initiator and coordinator, take a photo following the assessment activity.

From left: Paul Messam, Red Hills Primary School’s principal, Marie Brown, Kiwanis Club of West St. Andrew’s president, and Marshalyn Rose, project initiator and coordinator, take a photo following the assessment activity.

The Kiwanis Club of West St Andrew (KCWSA) recently spearheaded an initiative in which 31 Red Hills Primary School boys with varying levels of behavioural and literacy challenges underwent a field-based assessment by the Mico Care Centre in Kingston.

The assessment, which took place at the school and was conducted by a clinical psychologist and special educator, was aimed at providing a snapshot into the functioning levels of the boys to determine the appropriate remedial or intervention programmes for each boy and whether a more in-depth or detailed assessment is warranted.

For this project, the KCWSA concentrated exclusively on boys due to a pressing concern in the club that among some boys with undiagnosed and unaddressed learning and behavioural challenges, strong anecdotal evidence points to vulnerability to school dropout and possible attraction to gang activities.

“Strong literacy skills are the foundation for all future learning and progress in various areas of life. Without literacy, our boys can develop low self-esteem and eventual loss of confidence which can spill over into adult life. If you add unaddressed behavioural problems to the mix, these factors will shape how they think, socialize and progress in school and life overall,” explained Marshalyn Rose, project coordinator and KCWSA’s public relations chairman.

“This is why the club has hired the Mico Care Centre which offers first-class diagnostic and therapeutic services to children with these difficulties. The club excitedly awaits the setting in motion of the remedial actions the experts will tailor to each boy’s needs,” she added.

She further emphasised that the results and recommendations of the assessment will provide a roadmap for the boys’ future and serve as an empowerment tool for both parents and teachers.

The activity, Rose added, is the first step in each boy’s productive journey to adulthood, with the hope to eventually bolster a strong sense of purpose in each child that will redound to the benefit of their families, communities and the nation as a whole.

Marie Brown, KCWSA President, extended heartfelt appreciation for all the individuals who contributed to the cause.

“Twenty-three persons made this possible because they bought into the vision of improving and transforming the lives of these boys, and are intimately aware of the social and economic impact challenged boys can have on the nation. A big thank you to each contributor who sacrificed each dollar for these boys. The KCWSA’s mission is to serve the children of the world, so this project represents a meaningful investment in the most important resource of the country – the human resource. We encourage those who have a heart for these types of initiatives to join us in registering an even bigger impact.”

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