GIS:-The Program Allows for Parental Involvement in their Children’s Lives.
The Derniere Riviere Combined School is placing emphasis on bridging the gap between the school and home environment through its community outreach program.
The program, launched recently, is aimed at addressing some of the issues affecting students both socially and psychologically.
Principal of the Derniere Riviere Combined School, Martiniana Smith, said the program is important as it allows for parental involvement in their children’s lives.
“We discussed crime and criminality, decision making, sex and the law, how to report a crime, parents’ roles in their children’s education, decision making, and a school-community partnership because we want the school to make a difference in the community. We want our children living in a community that is safe,” she explained.
Mrs Smith also highlighted that the program will assist in strengthening the relationship between the school and the community.
“We are hoping that by the end of this program, we will see that the families and the community at large will have a better relationship with the school. We are hoping to make it an annual event, that every year we have this sort of community outreach program that brings the school and the community together, and I’m sure that if we continue along this track, the school and the community will eventually work as one.”
Parliamentary Representative for Dennery (north), Shawn Edward, commended the Derniere Riviere Combined School for its dedication to serving the community.
“If you want to have a good community, you must have good programs at the school, because the children in the school are the ones who will become the leaders of tomorrow. It is not just about the academics and how well you perform on your tests, but how your character is shaped and the values that are being instilled,” he said. “These are the characteristics that will make for an even better community.”
The outreach program included activities such as a health exposition, a praise and worship ceremony, and the rehabilitation of the school’s library.