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VPA launches INSPIRE campaign in schools

Sunday, May 19, 2019

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The Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) has launched an INSPIRE strategy campaign in 12 schools across the island in hopes of reducing the incidence of violence against children.

Elizabeth Ward, chair of the VPA, said that the campaign will specifically target the schools that emerged parish champions in its 2018 Trees for Peace Competition.

“These schools will be asked to create a campaign on the INSPIRE strategy, which is aimed at ending violence against children,” she said.

Dr Ward explained that the INSPIRE strategy, which is an initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO), identifies a select group of strategies which have shown success in reducing violence against children.

“These strategies include the implementation and enforcement of laws, norms and values, safe environments, parent and caregiver support, income and economic strengthening, response and support services, and education and life skills,” she explained.

The VPA said it will work with the selected schools through targeted workshops to guide them in the development of their respective campaigns. Some workshops have already been conducted — last Wednesday and Thursday in St Mary and St Catherine, with others scheduled for the parishes of St James and Manchester on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

The four best campaigns will be selected and promoted.

“These workshops will give the teachers and students a comprehensive overview of the INSPIRE strategy, and the information gained from the workshops will enable the schools to develop impactful campaigns to convey messages of the strategy,” said Ward.

The INSPIRE strategy vision is to encourage all governments, with the strong participation of civil society and communities — to routinely implement and monitor interventions to prevent and respond to violence against all children and adolescents, and help them reach their full potential.

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