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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The Peace Promotion Programme “Putting People on the Path to Peace” Coordinator - Michael H. Alleyne Ph.D. Peace Promotion Programme. The Layered Environment Causes of inappropriate behaviour

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Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

The Peace Promotion Programme

“Putting People on the Path to Peace”

Coordinator - Michael H. Alleyne Ph.D


Peace Promotion Programme

  • The Layered Environment
  • Causes of inappropriate behaviour
  • Types of inappropriate behaviour
  • The programme of the Ministry of Education to address inappropriate behaviour in schools - The Peace Promotion Programme – with a vision and long term goal to create a Culture of Peace
  • Administrative Structure
  • Activities of Peace Promotion Programme
  • Strategic Alliances with other Ministries
  • Other Features of the Programme
  • Other Programmes to address violence and indiscipline
  • Anecdotal evidence
  • Achievements
  • Strategic Plan
  • Phasing in

The Layered


“If we are to reach real peace in this world,

We shall have to begin with the children”

Mahatma Gandhi







Causes of Inappropriate Behaviour

  • Breakdown in family – Parental irresponsibility
  • World Violence
  • Negative influence of television, movies, videogames
  • Poverty – widening income disparity
  • Drug trafficking and guns
  • Loss of influence of religion and lack of spirituality
  • Peer pressure – youth culture
  • Irrelevant curriculum
  • Low self-esteem
  • Machismo and low performance of boys
  • Teacher absenteeism/inability to manage classrooms
  • Inability to understand and manage anger and stress
  • Inadequate physical security
  • Child abuse by parents, teachers, and other adults
  • Lack of respect for Authority

Types of inappropriate behaviour

  • Fighting and physical aggression
  • Disobedience and rudeness
  • Verbal aggression
  • Gangs
  • Vandalism
  • Stealing
  • Bullying
  • Substance abuse – Drugs, Cigarettes, Alcohol
  • Possession and use of a weapon
  • Truancy
  • Sexual misconduct

The Peace Promotion Programme

  • Evolution from School Intervention Strategies to Project Peace to The Peace Promotion Programme
  • Mission is to create a Culture of Peace in the individual, the home, the school and the community
  • Slogan – Putting People on the Path to Peace

Permanent Secretary

Chief Education Officer

Management Committee

Coordinator – Peace Promotion Programme

1 Specialist Researcher

2 Coordinators with responsibility for Projects, Initiatives, Joint Action Plans, Agreements

2 Secretaries and 2 Trainees

Joint Action Plan with Ministry of National Security

Joint Action Plan With Ministry of Social Development

Joint Action Plan with Ministry of Community Development

Cooperative Project with Fernandes Trust

Collaborative Project with National Parent Teachers Association

Follow up Project to Deosaran Study

Joint Action Plan with Ministry of Health

School Safety System


Peace Promotion Programme

Administrative Structure

Minister of Education

School Supervision

Student Support Services

The Management Committee of the Peace Promotion Programme includes representatives of the major stakeholders e.g. TTUTA, NPTA, Associations of Principals, other Ministries and Departments of the Ministry of Education – DCDE, DERE, all S.S. IIIs and various NGOs


Operational Activities

For Students

  • Mediation/Conflict Resolution
  • Pre-Carnival Preparation
  • 40 Days of Peace
  • Together We Light The Way
  • Homework Centres
  • Out of School suspension
  • Alternative Education
  • Driver Responsibility Education
  • Student Councils (Democratic Citizenship)

For Teachers

  • Classroom Management – alternatives to corporal punishment
  • Anger and stress understanding and management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Incentives

For Parents

  • Parenting Education – Training Workshops
  • Education Television for Parents
  • School Social Workers

For Community

  • Public Education / Information
  • Involvement / Partnership with private sector
  • BPTT – Together we light the way
  • J.B Fernandes Memorial Trust Fund – Parents: Homework Centres, Classroom Management for Primary School teachers
  • Guardian General – Road safety
  • Toyota Ltd. – Driver Responsibility Education
  • EIL Project – School Management

Joint Action Plan with:

  • Ministry of National Securityby the School Discipline Initiative
  • School Safety Officers
  • Mentoring Programme
  • Military Led Academic Training (MILAT)
  • Military Led Youth Programme of Apprenticeship
  • And Reorientation Training Programme (MYPART)
  • Possible Alliances with:
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Mediation / Conflict Resolution
  • Ministry of Community Development
  • Homework Centres
  • Peace Corps for Laventille
  • Ministry of Health
  • Drug Abuse Prevention Programme
  • Health and Family Life Education
  • HIV / AIDS Prevention
  • Abstinence Programme

Other Features

  • Physical Security
      • Security guards - (MTS)
      • Walls, fences etc by Educational Facilities Management Department
  • Research undertaken by Professor R. Deosaran with School by School approach for follow-up
  • Evaluation– Individual activity evaluation
  • Anecdotal Evidence and Qualitative Data
  • Impact– Initiated with baseline studies by Professor Deosaran; Joint Action Plan with Ministry of National Security in 17 Schools; Research conducted in collaboration with Professor Katz, contracted by Ministry of National Security
  • Appointment of Researcher

Other Related Programmes / Activities

to address Inappropriate Behaviour

  • Student Support Services
  • Moral and Values Education
  • Health and Family life Education
  • Curriculum Development - Alternative/ Skills Based Education
  • Abstinence programmes
  • Department of Research and Evaluation


Phasing-in – into Secondary School Curriculum – of the strategies, interventions, projects, activities, approaches identified and tried out, introduced during the operations and implementation of the Peace Promotion Programme

The Main Path is the Reconstruction of the Curriculum but as an ‘Experience’


Peace Promotion Programme

Developmental path of a Programme to address violence and indiscipline in schools

January 2003