Zippy and his friends are at it again, this time at the St. Augustine South Primary School where children between the ages of 5-8 are exploring strategies to deal with stressful situations at home and at school. Listen! Respect! Brainstorm! Ask for help! These are just a few steps that young persons can use to resolve conflict.
In a recent visit to the schools by Project Coordinator, Diana Mathura and Senior Project Officer Cindyann Currency of the Digicel Foundation, Standard One teacher, Ms. Sooknanan, started the discussion on conflict resolution by asking her students to articulate possible approaches to problem-solving. Using various tools and methods such as role play, singing songs and story-telling, the youngsters were able to emphasise the importance of listening respectfully to their peers and determining who and when they can ask for help.
Thirty-three students participate in the Zippy’s Friends programme at the St. Augustine South Primary School. The two Standard One teachers: Ms. Sooknanan and Ms. Nakhid expressed their joy at having the programme at the school and confirmed that they’ve both seen improvement in the positive behaviors of the students. According to Ms. Sooknanan, “With the issues happening in schools in Trinidad, we are so fortunate to have this programme to give us teachers the additional support in the classroom”.
Zippy’s Friends is implemented by the School Leadership Centre of Trinidad and Tobago and is endorsed by the Ministry of Education.