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Trees for Peace extended to April 20

Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Schools across the island have until this Friday, April 20, to register for the Trees for Peace Initiative, a plan which will see the planting of gardens dedicated to the resolution of disputes, as well as for relaxation and reflection.

One hundred primary and secondary schools have so far registered for the initiative, which Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Peace and Love in Society launched on Peace Day, March 6.

Chair of the VPA Dr Elizabeth Ward said that the registration to date has been encouraging and as such the organisation decided to extend the period until April 20 to allow other schools to come on board.

“We believe that other schools would like to be part of the initiative so we have extended the deadline. Schools can register by accessing our website at www.vpajamaica.org. Along with the registration form, they will be required to share a picture of the planned area that will be converted into its peace garden,” she explained.

Schools that maintain their gardens will be rewarded on International Peace Day in September.

Dr Ward informed that a behaviour change programme to be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security will accompany the Trees for Peace Initiative. It will teach students alternative methods of resolving conflicts and will be piloted in early childhood schools.

“We want to start initially with 10 early childhood schools with the intention to expand it at the primary and secondary levels,” she said.

Support for the Trees for Peace Initiative has also come from the Ministry of National Security; CB Facey Foundation; the JN Foundation; Sandals Foundation; Child Protection and Family Services Agency; National Environment and Planning Agency; Forestry Department, the Broadcasting Commission; the Jamaica 4-H Clubs; and the Trees that Feed Foundation.

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