The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition recently delivered two sessions at the National Interschools Brigade Movement’s Behavioral Intervention and Disciplinary Support Unit (B.I.D.S) Program summer camp in Race Course Clarendon, Jamaica. The B.I.D.S programme targets young boys and girls from 12-17 years old.
The programme partners with schools and/or individuals to positively groom and re-culture students who face suspension, detention or are about to be expelled from school. The 2022 summer camp catered to some one hundred and fifty (150) students from Kingston, St. Andrew, Clarendon and St. Catherine.
The first session conducted by CVC, focused on Human Rights while the second answered questions the students had about the Covid-19 vaccine. The session on Human Rights was conducted by CVC Technical Programme Officer Marlon Thompson.
“It was really a great opportunity to share with the students about human rights. It’s a very important topic for them to understand. The students received the information well and were very eager to learn,” said Thompson. This is the CVC Technical Programme Officer’s second year sharing with the students and he says it’s always a pleasure. “The students’ thirst for knowledge on the topic of human rights is always refreshing to see. This is my second year conducting a session on human rights at this camp and it’s always a pleasure to interact with the students and engage in vibrant discussions with them,” Thompson added.
Meanwhile, the second session on the Covid-19 vaccine was facilitated by CVC’s Communications Officer Kaneal Gayle and Nurse Marcella Tomlinson from the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Southern Regional Health Authority. The major objective of the session was to give the students an opportunity to get all the questions they had about the Covid-19 vaccine answered. CVC Communications Officer Kaneal Gayle said the session was able to clarify misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine. “There’s so much misinformation and myths being circulated about the Covid-19 vaccine. This is especially pervasive on social media, where unfortunately, these students get most of their information. So, it was a good opportunity for us to come here today and give the students a chance to clarify anything they weren’t so sure about the Covid-19 vaccine. And, we saw the misinformation coming out in the questions they asked Nurse Tomlinson. So it was good to be able to dispel the misinformation and myths and provide them with accurate information about the Covid-19 vaccine,” Gayle pointed out.
In the meantime the camp coordinators welcomed CVC’s participation saying both sessions were beneficial to the students and they look forward to future partnerships.