Alumni debate on violence
THE VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS and how old scholars can help reduce it will be the focus of a public discussion at the Alexandra School in St Peter on Saturday.
The event, organised by the Alexandra School Alumni Association, will hear from specialists in counselling, antibullying campaigns and law enforcement, among other areas.
In a Press release, the association said the discussion was as a result of a general upsurge in violent incidents in the country, and reports of an increase in the level of disrespect and ill-discipline among the youth at large.
The debate also comes on the heels of a two-day National Consultation On Violence hosted by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit today and tomorrow.
“The Alumni thought that it would be timely to have this discussion hoping that it would have a positive impact on young people generally and students at the Alexandra School in particular. We really want to assist in improving the general direction that our country is heading. If we can make a difference through this discussion to one child and the parents, then we would have achieved our goal,” the association said.
Saturday’s discussion, under the theme Violence In Schools: What Role Can The Alumni Play In Reducing It, will be open to the public.
Prior to the discussion which starts at 5:30 p.m., the ASAA will hold its annual general meeting from 4 p.m. Members will be brought up-todate on the affairs of the association, including its school beautification project and other contributions to the 123-year-old school. ( AC)