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Saturday 20 January 2018
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Servol students graduate

STUDENTS from Servol Life Centre in Laventille were trained to identify violence against women, girls and within intimate partner relationships, following a 12- week programme, Make It Stop – Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP). A total of 45 students celebrated their graduation at a ceremony held at Servol Life Center, Calvary Road, San Juan yesterday afternoon.

The students were yesterday encouraged to make use of what they learnt as they get older in life. Addressing the students, Programme Coordinator, Sharon Mottley said, “You have learned how to identified what is gender base violence in your homes, in your lives, in your communities, and the skills to make better choices when it comes to healthy relationships,” she said.

“A journey is completed in single steps, so to take bits of nugget from what you have leant to make small differences in your life and as you get older you can implement it in your own relationships as you become parents, members of communities, employees and as an adult.” Mottley said the programme was designed to provide young people with the knowledge and skilled abilities to make better decisions around healthy relationships.

Also addressing the students Marketing and Communications Manager of PSI Caribbean Keron Foderingham told the students that they were now equipped with knowledge to make better decisions as they go forward in life. He said from the months of January to May, and each week the students were taught different skills, how to communicate in healthy ways, and to identify their own values.

“You know what is gender base violence, what is gender in terms of power and control, looking at the impact of society on your behaviours, and now you can tell where you stand in the range of options.” He continued, “We believed that it was crucial to develop a program that empowers young men and women to challenge negative gender norms that lie at the root cause of gender-based violence,” Foderingham said.

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