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Impact Justice hosts education forum in Belize

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2016. 11:01 a.m. CST.
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By BBN Staff: According to an article by Caribbean News Now, “Approximately 123 educators, ministry of education officers, and other stakeholders will receive training in restorative practices in four workshops in Belize being sponsored by the Canadian-government funded Improved Access to Justice (IMPACT Justice) project.”
“This training is being provided in partnership with the ministry of education, Belize,” said the article.
The workshops are taking place on October 31 to November 1 (two workshops) and November 2-3, (two workshops) respectively.
According to the article, “At the opening of the first workshop, remarks were delivered on behalf of Professor Velma Newton, regional project director of the IMPACT Justice project, and Dr Candy Armstrong, director of the Education Support Services Unit of the Ministry of Education also gave remarks.”
“The provision of training in restorative practices falls under the alternative dispute resolution component of the IMPACT Justice project and is intended to expose educators to alternate methods of resolving disputes in schools, whether these disputes arise amongst students, students and teachers and even among teachers themselves,” the article added.
The purpose of this training is to  reduce the instances of violence and bullying in schools by improving behavior, improving leadership, restoring relationships and repairing harm.
“IMPACT Justice has facilitated similar training in several other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries and the feedback has been positive,” the article concluded.

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