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31 students graduate from CAP programme

31 students graduate from CAP programme

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Thirty-one students from the Brighton Methodist, Stubbs, Calder and Argyle Government Schools have successfully completed the Children against Poverty (CAP) Behaviour Modification Program.{{more}}

The program, which commenced on July 15th, culminated on July 31st with a closing ceremony at the Stubbs Government School.

Speaking at the closing ceremony coordinator of the CAP Roger Young said the Behaviour Modification Program aims at enhancing and improving attitudes, behaviours and self-esteem of the children. He pointed out that several Children against Poverty programs have been held at the Stubbs Government School over the years; however, it was the first time that the Behaviour Modification Program had been held at this location. He said that in this year, they have incorporated the Behaviour Modication Program at both the Stubbs and Barrouallie Government Schools.

Young said his Ministry is pleased to be a part of the CAP and he expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Education for allowing them to use their facilities to host these programs. He also expressed gratitude to the parents who allowed their children to participate in the program. The CAP coordinator noted that the Behaviour Modification component of the program is ‘not a one-off,’ as they will continue to hold these programs in the years to come. Young also disclosed that they will also be hosting an after school remedial program for the students.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Representative for the area and Minister of National Mobilization Frederick Stephenson said CAP is a flagship project of the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines and is the only program of its kind in the region. He noted that other countries are looking to emulate this program. Stephenson said the program seeks to help the country’s children and his ministry is very serious about the activities they are involved in.

Stephenson noted that the Government Back to School Program, which assists the less fortunate students with books and other school supplies is ongoing, as well as the Book Loan Scheme Program. Stephenson wished the students success in their educational endeavours.

At CAP Behaviour Modification Program the children were taught about etiquette, social graces, self-esteem, human sexuality, peer pressure, decision making, anger management, conflict resolution and drug abuse.

Some 1,200 students have participated in the Children against Poverty program at various centres throughout the country.

The first ever CAP program was held in 2003.

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