Designing Critical Interventions to Decrease Violence
PADF is supporting the expansion of VPA’s Child resiliency Program, which seeks to stem violence in Jamaica through offering a two-year in-school intervention for at-risk children aged 8 to 12. The Program builds literacy and numeracy through the innovative “chalk and talk” educational model; emphasizes teaching life skills and positive self-expression; offers consistent access to nutritional support; and, critically, provides home visits designed to support and counsel parents and other family members to create strong social support systems for their children. An evaluation of the first five years of the Program shows a marked decrease in violent incidents by participants, a dramatic increase in the literacy level of students, and an increase in all pro-social behavioural measures. Students graduating from the Programme showed marked benefits to both parents and students. Parents reported increased literacy, better relationship with their children, and more involvement in the children’s lives at home and at school.