(PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784) – The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project, hosted a 2-day Restorative Practices Workshop in the Savannah Suite of the Pegasus Hotel, Sea Wall Road, Georgetown, Guyana from April 11th to 12th, 2018.
This workshop was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Guyana and facilitated by 2 Restorative Practices Trainee Trainers under the supervision of Ms. Patricia Lewis, experienced trainer with the International Institute of Restorative Practices, Canada.
Twenty-seven persons comprising, Principals, Education Officers, School Welfare Officers and Teachers attended the workshop, which included sessions on the Restorative Practices Framework and the Effective Use of Circles.
The workshop commenced with an opening ceremony on April 11th, at which Professor Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of the IMPACT Justice Project stated that thus far, IMPACT Justice has trained 735 persons in basic restorative practices in 9 countries and 159 persons at the advanced level, which is called Restorative Justice Conferencing Facilitation. She noted that from the group of persons who received advanced training, a group of 18 persons were selected to be trained as trainers, including Mrs. Ann Hamilton-Dopwell who assisted in conducting the workshop. She noted that the Project hoped to return to Guyana to also offer further training to ordinary teachers and staff of teachers training colleges sometime in the near future.
At the end of the two-days of intense training, IMPACT Justice is pleased to announce that the government of Guyana can now boast of having 27 persons trained as restorative practices practitioners, and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines can boast of having a new Restorative Practices Trainer, who is none other than Mrs. Ann Hamilton-Dopwell, Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College.
Mrs. Hamilton-Dopwell received high praise from the IMPACT Justice team, the participants and Ms. Patricia Lewis for the way in which she conducted the workshop. When asked what her plans are now that she has qualified for certification as a trainer, she stated that she will be utilizing every opportunity afforded to her to promote the use of this approach to conflict resolution within schools and will be reaching out to other Restorative Practices practitioners in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to form a network through which they can continue to share experiences and information to continue to develop the practice across St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Very soon IMPACT Justice will facilitate other workshops at which 12 more trainee trainers from Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago will have an opportunity to complete their certification process.