Safer Communities Programme showcased at Expo Jamaica 2018
10/05/2018 – Fight for Peace, together with its partners on the Safer Communities Programme (SCP) in Jamaica, recently put their collective impact approach to violence prevention on show at Expo Jamaica 2018. Hosted by the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, the event drew more than 30,000 visitors to Kingston’s National Arena and National Indoor Centre, giving the delegation of SCP beneficiaries staff and facilitators, with youth leaders at the forefront, the opportunity to raise awareness about the programme and its benefits.
Sixteen young leaders from the Parade Gardens, Fletchers Land, Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town and Trench Town communities were selected and trained to present the SCP to guests at the event, while also supporting eleven coaches from the sports federations participating on the SCP to deliver combat sports demonstrations and coaching sessions. A boxing ring installed by the Jamaica Defence Force gave hundreds of young people the chance to get a taste of combat sports and the benefits they have in promoting discipline, raising confidence and demonstrating that dedication and hard work are the cornerstones of any form of success.
Social workers, psychologists, trainers and monitoring, evaluation and learning staff from the SCP were also present at the event to provide advice and information on career and training opportunities to young people, while Expo visitors were invited to share their thoughts on unity and peace on a special Peace Wall.
For Damion Burke, 23, Youth Director of a community education programme in Denham Town, the Expo offered an opportunity to learn more about how the SCP works in other communities and the range of services and training support it offers. “Being there helped me to learn a lot. It opened my eyes to all the things I can benefit from and ways I can help young people in my community”, he said.
“The SCP is all about bringing together multi-sectoral partners under a shared agenda – peace and progress, and the Expo was an ideal chance to show how these partnerships work in practice,” said Bali Khuman, Fight for Peace SCP Programme Trainer. “There were lots of laughs, hard work, team work and a wonderful sense of achievement on show. It was a proud moment watching young people embodying the values of the SCP programme and leading on showcasing its benefits.”