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ERIC Number: ED338352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Shaping Tomorrow: The Servol Programmes in Trinidad and Tobago.
Cohen, Ruth N.
This publication describes the work of the Servol program in Trinidad and Tobago. The Servol organization was started in Port of Spain in 1970 by Gerry Pantin. Servol's approach to helping disadvantaged people implies that one should never presume to know the needs of people; rather, one should ask them what their needs are. This approach produces attitudes of attentive listening and respectful intervention. Servol's principal service is to preschool children and late adolescents. The organization operates 31 Life Centres at which an Adolescent Development Programme (ADP), job skills training courses, parenting programs, and training programs for its own teachers are offered. The ADP course addresses spiritual, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional, and social needs in an attempt to help adolescents overcome such problems as low self-esteem. Servol works with the Ministry of Education and individual community boards of education to operate preschools. The Caribbean Life Centre in Port of Spain is a training centre for early childhod educators throughout the Caribbean. The participation of parents in preschools is welcomed. Servol's hidden agenda is to influence parents and future parents. A list of publications of the Bernard van Leer Foundation is included. (BC)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, At Risk Persons, Cultural Awareness, Delivery Systems, Developing Nations, Disadvantaged, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Job Training, Needs Assessment, Parent Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Education
Bernard van Leer Foundation, P.O. Box 82334, 2508 EH The Hague, Netherlands.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Identifiers: Caribbean; Pantin (Gerard); Servol; Trinidad and Tobago; Van Leer Foundation