The Green Ribbon Campaign has been ongoing since January 2001. It is a school based program to teach students in both primary and senior schools how to resolve their conflicts peacefully. Apart from the schools themselves organizing assemblies and activities to support the concept of peaceful conflict resolution, volunteers from the Crisis Centre go into schools to speak to the students. Some schools have developed peace gardens where students can go to cool down when feeling angry or upset.
This year, the Centre is focusing on bullying, which continues to be a universal problem but one which we need to contain. We have developed posters and brochures for students, parents and teachers to help them understand the devastating effects of bullying. It is known that bullying in childhood can lead to bullying in adulthood.
To get our young people involved in Anti-bullying campaigns, The Centre is holding a competition for students in primary and high schools. Entries can be posters, essays, rap, poems, essays. We are looking for originality, creativity and most of all, an understanding of what bullying is.
More information can be obtained from The Crisis Centre on 328-0922 or 322-4999.
On 28th September, an event was held at Doongalik on Village Road to recognize the Day to End Sexual Violence.
Next month we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary and a newspaper supplement will be issued with the Nassau Guardian on a date to be announced. Watch this space!
The monthly meeting will be held tomorrow at 10am at the J Whitney Pinder Building on Collins Avenue and simultaneously, training will be held for new volunteers.
As a continuing activity for the Green Ribbon Campaign, the Centre is holding a competition for Primary and High Schools.
The website for the conference, www.bahamaspeaceconference2012.org will be updated as information on presentations etc becomes available.
Once again, we thank all volunteers who continue to give their service to the Centre, particularly those who man the Hotline after working hours and at weekends and holidays.