Posted: Thursday, June 15, 2017. 8:59 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation’s (MHDSTPA) National Parenting Task Force, with the support of UNICEF, is embarking on a new project geared towards the involvement of fathers and children.
In celebration of Father’s Day, a two-day workshop (15th & 16th of June 2017) will be held in Punta Gorda Town with fathers, the Roving Caregivers and other key stakeholders from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, who will participate in sessions focusing on the importance of the father’s role in early childhood development and across the life span.
This is the first workshop of its kind, with an aim to strengthen the model of integrated parenting and Early Childhood Development in the community.
This workshop will be followed by a variety show in Orange Walk on June 24, 2017, where fathers and children will be engaged in several activities to celebrate fatherhood in that community.
The MHDSTPA through the Community and Parent Empowerment Program (COMPAR) and with the support of UNICEF, hosted a National Parenting Conference in February 2013.
The information gathered from the conference and from consultations for the development of the National Parenting Curriculum in 2016 highlighted the lack of coordination and harmonization as it relates to the concepts, skills, and dispositions incorporated within these parenting programs/sessions.
The establishment of a Parenting Task Force was commissioned by the MHDSTPA to develop a strategic plan and coordinated approach to parenting support in Belize, considering the legal frameworks and policies that would impact the desired outcome. Among its scope for strengthening of parenting education in Belize, another mandate of the National Parenting Task Force is to pursue community engagement with particular emphasis on fathers.
National assessment of the social conditions among families in Belize illustrates that the erosion of paternal presence, poor financial stability and increase crime in urban areas are due to weak family structures coupled with parents who are unskilled to rear and support children.
The National Parenting Task Force wishes all fathers a happy and blessed Father’s Day.
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