Veteran Educator Urges Young Men To Put Down The Guns, Pick Up A Skill

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Veteran Saint Lucian educator Fortuna Anthony has urged young men to reject violence in settling disputes and put away their firearms.

Anthony spoke in an interview with the Communications Unit of the Ministry of Education, as district and school counsellors recently ended a one-day workshop in Dennery on character building and resilience among students.

The Ministry of Education hosted the event, for which Anthony was the facilitator, amid a surge in gun violence.

Saint Lucia recorded its 29th homicide on Tuesday morning when a man was shot dead in La Clery, Castries.

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Regarding the upsurge in crime, Anthony advised young people there’s nothing wrong with stepping back in a conflict situation.

“It is when you believe you can resolve conflict with violence that things escalate. To our young men, I am asking them –put down the guns,” she stated.

“The government has put a number of skills programmes in place. Get a skill, become independent and leave the violence behind because we are building the next generation and if we are not careful as we grow older we will pay the price,” Anthony warned.

She told the Communications Unit of the Ministry of Education that she has seen how strategic interventions using the principles of character building and resilience have changed many lives.

Anthony expressed that teaching young people to embrace those principles can begin to change the tide and groom the youngsters to deal differently with conflicts.

Organisers of the Dennery workshop for district and school counsellors explained that the counsellors are well-placed within schools to transfer needed skills and values, the lack of which contributes to societal ills.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. In any country once there is Politics, religion, police and law… there will be criminal wrong doings. What we are now experiencing is what we were destine to experience. Gangs will rome the streets who will garner fuel from male and females when there parents make life luxurious for them or simply neglectful in most cases. No one get up one day and say i want to kill, rob, steal and dismember fellow human beings. A series of events always take place before and alot of people ignore it. PJP/Chas 2 complete incompetent individuals. I don’t believe neither can manage a mango and banana stall much less an island with the highest rate of alcohol consumption and IQ still at the sucker tree root

  2. It’s not only boys that need this training male adults here need it too, even men working for sulfur springs, just rude as can be no respect the way they talk to local women and men an tourists, someone needs to check behaviors of All govt workers who are getting paid from the Peoples TaxeS, SMPH check name stealers here @100smph woi

  3. It’s not only boys that need this training male adults here need it too, even men working for sulfur springs, just rude as can be no respect the way they talk to local women and men an tourists, someone needs to check behaviors of All govt workers who are getting paid from the Peoples TaxeS, SMPH check name stealers here @100smph woiiii

  4. You are talking to a Brick wall: not if these Rats prefer to get easy money, gold items, Cell phones etc owning a gun. Most, if not all of these guys are ex-convicts, been there done that, they don’t care. So here’s the hash solution: START BY WHIPING SOME ASSES. if he is a repeated convict, jail time wont matter to him, so keep whipping his behind till he cries mama. this crime habit will continue unless you whip. Pray for deliverance & salvation with them.

  5. Lmao ” young men” these are hardened criminals who are mostly illiterate. Bring back operation restore confidence please.

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