Alumni de­bate on vi­o­lence

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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)

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