Father-child relationships in Caribbean cultural communities - implications for childhood development

By Dr. Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Ph.D

Fathering has been identified by researchers, educators, policymakers and governmental and non-governmental bodies as important for staving off psychological and educational risks in childhood. There has been considerable interest in how fathering contributes to developmental processes in children across cultural communities with different levels of economic development (Roopnarine, 2015; Shwalb et al., 2013).  The focus here is on father-child relationships in Caribbean cultural communities and their implications for childhood development.

Partners in care: Building bridges between families and Early Childhood educators

By Lesleann Whiteman 

TransitionsA healthy parent-teacher relationship contributes to positive growth and development of the childEarly childhood educators are expected to work in collaboration with families in their care to support children’s developmental outcomes, but is such an expectation realistic? As an early childhood educator, building genuine parent-teacher partnerships may be a challenging task as teachers have to create a balance between the families’ childrearing values and the child development theories and philosophies which guide their early childhood programmes. Additionally, early years teachers need to consider the families’ past school narrative/experiences against their expectations of the role of families in the care and education of their children when establishing a parent-teacher relationship. As such, the purpose of this article is to review the key research findings about the benefits derived from a genuine parent-teacher partnership, to explore the common barriers to positive parent-teacher partnerships and to provide practical rules of engagement for building bridges between families and early childhood educators.

Re-connecting young children to our historical past - Highlighting the work of historian Angelo Bissessarsingh

by Patricia Bissessar

Many local historians contend that the coming generations are in real danger of becoming detached from their past.  In fact, many of our youths growing up in today’s society are starved of opportunities to experience the thrill and excitement that comes from piecing together the story of our “excluded” historical past. As a consequence, they are reaching adulthood lacking a sense of national pride, patriotism and love for their country. This might well be the reason for the recent move by policy makers to place teaching of the history of Trinidad and Tobago on the front burner at the pre-primary and primary levels of our education system.

International Day of Families

Families, healthy lives and sustainable future

Today, 15th May, the Caribbean Research Empowerment Network joins with the global community in recognising International Day of Families. The theme for this year's day focuses on "Families, healthy lives and sustainable future." The Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.

Literacy and its social implications in the Caribbean

by the Adult Literacy Tutors Association (ALTA)

Literacy is a foundation for other forms of learning and has the power to transform lives. The ability to read and write has taken on even greater importance as we live in a world which relies heavily on text for communication. From reading the newspapers in print or online, to text messages and the advent of social media, people who are unable to read and write are never able to truly develop and participate in society to their fullest potential.

Diabetes and oral health

by Dr. Antoinette Ramdath, D.M.D.

We often hear that uncontrolled diabetes can lead to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, but did you know that it can also lead to gum disease and tooth decay?

High glucose levels in saliva lead to an increase in plaque formation in the mouth, which, if not removed, develops into tartar. Long-term accumulation of tartar around teeth causes severe inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth and infection of the bone that supports the teeth. This is referred to as periodontal disease and can lead to mobility or even loss of teeth, tooth decay, bleeding gums, and bad breath.