More work needed to tackle in­ter­per­sonal vi­o­lence

– Ram­jat­tan

Stabroek News Sunday - - STABROEK NEWS -

Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity, Khem­raj Ram­jat­tan on Mon­day launched a con­flict res­o­lu­tion in­ter­ven­tion to ad­dress is­sues of in­ter­per­sonal vi­o­lence, the im­prov­ing of par­ent­ing skills and strength­en­ing of con­flict res­o­lu­tion skills.

Ac­cord­ing to a De­part­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion re­lease, Ram­jat­tan stated that more work is needed to ad­dress these is­sues.

“I want to say that our gov­ern­ment is try­ing its best in a very sub­stan­tial way to help ado­les­cents and youths both per­pe­tra­tors and vic­tims who should be in school and oth­er­wise gain­fully oc­cu­pied to help in the pre­ven­tion of this vi­o­lence,” Ram­jat­tan was quoted as say­ing.

The min­is­ter noted the need to nur­ture the ex­ist­ing tal­ents of the at-risk youths and not al­low their idle­ness to lead them down the wrong paths. He re­ferred to the re­cent train­ing of 46 young per­sons, pri­mar­ily women, in cos­me­tol­ogy and com­puter sci­ence, the re­lease also stated.

Ram­jat­tan stressed the im­por­tance of hav­ing a com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of vi­o­lence even as the gov­ern­ment, along with other stake­hold­ers strive to curb this so­cial ill. The min­is­ter fur­ther noted that re­duc­ing crime and vi­o­lence is high on gov­ern­ment’s agenda since both crime and vi­o­lence pose a real threat to pub­lic se­cu­rity and to the hu­man rights of all Guyanese.

The Par­ent­ing, In­ter­per­sonal Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion In­ter­ven­tion is be­ing fa­cil­i­tated by ADCO En­gi­neer­ing and Con­sult­ing In­cor­po­rated. The event was hosted at the Umana Yana as part of the In­ter-Amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank (IDB)-funded Cit­i­zens Se­cu­rity Strength­en­ing Pro­gramme (CSSP). It fea­tured pre­sen­ta­tions from agen­cies on their strate­gies and poli­cies em­ployed to man­age crime and vi­o­lence in their ar­eas of spe­cial­i­sa­tions.

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