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ERIC Number: EJ1169617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
The Change from within Program: Bringing Restorative Justice Circles for Conflict Resolution to Jamaican Schools
Ferguson, Therese; Chevannes, Pauletta
Childhood Education, v94 n1 p55-61 2018
The Small Island Developing State of Jamaica, in the Caribbean region, is facing significant environmental, economic, and social challenges. Violence has become a serious challenge for Jamaica and several other countries in the region; the level of violence against and among children is particularly disturbing. Perhaps even more troubling is the fact that schools, normally thought of as safe havens for children, are themselves increasingly becoming sites of violence and discipline issues. Violence in schools, whether gang violence, bullying, or other forms of physical and mental violence, undermines the role schools play in children's intellectual, social, and moral development. As violence has been deemed a major public health problem in the region, with a range of social and economic impacts, programs that address violence and discipline issues by promoting education for sustainable development (ESD) and global citizenship education (GCED) become critical educational imperatives. This article describes what ESD learning involves as well as the Change From Within (CfW) program in Jamaica, an intervention initiative that focuses on addressing violence in schools as well as promoting ESD among all school stakeholders--principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members. Restorative Justice Circles are also explained.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A