Physical Punishment: Harmful or Helpful?

by Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine

Worldwide there has been significant movement toward the democratisation of childhood. This has led to increasing recognition of the rights of children, more attention to child maltreatment, and to stepped-up attempts to arrest the lost developmental potential of children due to difficult social and economic circumstances. At the same time, several societies (e.g. Sweden) have taken the bold step of implementing legislation against the use of physical punishment and the humiliation of children. Depending on economic resources and political and social will, efforts at protecting the rights of children have met with varying degrees of success across the world.

How can we nurture the creativity of our Caribbean youth?

by the 2 Cents Movement

Caribbean development and innovation demands creative thinking in order to chart the course forward towards developing solutions for the region, and imagining the best future for ourselves. The 2 Cents Movement rose out of the passionate desire to nurture this kind of creativity as an approach to nation building through youth development and social change. We believe strongly in the use of applied art, and employ spoken word poetry as a means of creating meaningful dialogue, enhancing literacy, sharing ideas, and positively impacting young people.

Investing in our Caribbean youth – Interview with Tevin Shepherd, Youth Development Specialist

"The opportunity is ours to be the architects of our nation’s wealth - not wealth through money, but through the prosperity of a people." 
Tevin Shepherd, 2016

In honour of International Youth Day, we continue to highlight the work of outstanding young persons from across the Caribbean who have been positively impacting their communities. CREN Team member Hannah Enightoola recently had the opportunity to chat with Tevin Shepherd, a 23 year old Youth Development Specialist from St. Lucia. He shared his motivations, struggles and successes in executing youth development programmes across his island. Mr. Shepherd was a Commonwealth finalist and received the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award in June 2016. He is also a Chevening Scholar and will pursue a Master of Arts in International Social Development in the UK from September 2016.

Expression through art - Interview with Chioma Emesiani

by Hannah Enightoola, the CREN Team

The University of the West Indies Family Development Centre prides itself in having been the facilitator of the creation of the largest painting created by children in the Caribbean. The painting, entitled “Hope,” measures ten (10) feet in width and twenty-four (24) feet in height. Through the creation process the twenty-two (22) children involved in the ten (10) week internship were given an opportunity to express themselves and use their individual voices in sync within a theme. They learned new skills and concepts and expressed themselves in a way which would resound with the centre and with themselves throughout their lives.

YOUth-In-Action – Taking hold of our future

By Teocah Dove, Recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award 2015

During our childhood years, we gain interest in and are drawn towards specific careers. Many aspire to be lawyers, doctors, teachers, servicemen, and so forth. This desire comes from set examples, varying forms of media, coaching by family members or role models and, most importantly, our own experiences.