Sunday, April 20, 2016 – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Continuing open dialogue with parents and educators on sexually related topics, the CKFTO (Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organization) and Digicel Foundation conducted their 9th HOPE (Helping Our Parents Become Educated) session at the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) on April 20.
Committed to the cause, parents along with educators and students were all in attendance to discuss developmentally appropriate sexuality education content. The sessions conducted by Educational Psychologist Toni Betaudier, covered topics like hygiene, public/private places and personal space and boundaries.
Since its inception last year, the Digicel Foundation has invested over a hundred thousand dollars into the partnership with the CKFTO and their Puberty, Sex and Sexuality programme, with hopes of effectively addressing concerns parents have on the myths and truths about sexual behaviours and mannerisms of adolescents living with disabilities.
Acknowledging the internet and social media as a major commodity in today’s digital age, one concerned parent, Robert Moore, raised his concerns and inquired about information on cyber safety and internet predators.
Mr Moore was later presented with a pair of Digicel IMAX tickets for being the most interactive parent throughout the session. At the end of the session, all attendees were presented with Digicel Foundation tokens as well as literary materials for further reference on the topics discussed.
These HOPE sessions will continue to be held at various special needs organizations throughout Trinidad and Tobago and have already been held at organizations such as NCPD, Memisa Centre, Cascade School for the Deaf, LIFE Centre, Lady Hochoy Gasparillo and EduClub Private Learning Centre.