ROSEAU DOMINICA, August 9th 2013:
From August 12-23 of 2013, the Love One Teach One Foundation headed by Gloria Walsh, with assistance from the Dominica Police Force, and the Dominica State Prison, will collaborate with Quality of Life Solutions, and Peaceful World Movement headed by Dr. Peter K. B. St. Jean, to pilot the ground breaking leadership and self development curriculum entitled Better Me, Better You. The Basic Training version of the curriculum will be taught to 4-6 grade and high school aged students participating in the Love One Teach One 2013 Summer School; 4-6 grade aged students from the Trafalgar area; high school aged girls at Camp Glow which is conducted in Eggleston by the Peace Corps volunteers of Dominica; inmates at the Dominica State Prison; and employees at Papillote Wilderness Retreat.
The 8 hours of basic curriculum training involve the following 10 subjects, each of which are being developed by Dr. St. Jean into 8 hours of training (but not yet being implemented in Dominica): self- awareness, self-direction, values, attitudes, behaviors, peaceful conflict resolution, problem solving and decision making, effective communication, maintaining healthy relationships, and moral leadership. At the end of the workshop, participants should show improvements in these 10 areas and become better equipped to improve their own quality of life, and that of the families, and communities. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will also be qualified to later complete advance modules of training in the Better Me, Better You curriculum.
The workshops will be conducted at the Bath Estate Community Centre, the Trafalgar Government School, Papillote Wilderness Retreat, and the Retreat House at Eggleston. From 10-11am on Friday, August 23rd 2013, there will be a joint graduation ceremony at the Bath Estate Community Center, for youth from Love One Teach One Foundation who are primarily from the Silver Lake and Bath Estate Communities, and those from the Trafalgar area.
As a solution to problems that lead to violence, lack of productivity, and other related social problems, Dr. St. Jean and his teams developed the Better Me, Better You curriculum after over 15 years of conducting intensive social research; completing various types of community workshops in the US, Caribbean, Canada, and Europe; and being actively involved in community organizing and activism in some of those areas. The teams’ goal is to teach participants about how people in different circumstances, even those considered at risk, can develop and implement certain skills to improve the quality of their lives. Dr. St. Jean and his teams have decided to work with Love One Teach One Foundation, the Dominica Police Force, and the Dominica State Prison, to implement the pilot of the Basic Training modules in Dominica as continued service to the Country, and to set a baseline from which other communities and nations can learn and implement.
For questions and further information, including how to become a sponsor or otherwise make a donation to support this cause, contact Gloria Walsh at 767-276-3129 or Dr. St. Jean at BetterMeBetterYou@peacefulworldmovement.org.