Media Personnel Complete OECS Child Protection Workshop
A number of Caribbean journalists, including five Dominicans and social workers, successfully completed a two day workshop, on the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Child Protection.
The workshop, held at the Coyaba Beach Resort in Grenada, from Tuesday June 11th to Wednesday June 12th was presented to adopt guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency.
Dominicans representatives were; Ms. Edona Jno. Baptiste representing Marpin 2K4, Mr. Larry Larocque of SAT Telecoms, Ms. Myrtle Bruno representing the Media Workers Association of Dominica (MWAD), Mr. Mervin Paul of the Government Information Service (G.I.S) and Ms. Tamisha Joseph from The Chronicle Newspaper.
Other journalists were from countries such as; Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Grenada among others.
Ms. Esther Ward of the Anguillan Newspaper, thought the workshop was very informative as she acquired a wealth of new information, as it deals with to reporting matters involving juveniles.
Project Coordinator for the OECS Juvenile Justice Reform Project, Mr. Dwight Calixte, noted the guidelines provided by this workshop, can and will be a useful instrument for journalists reporting on juvenile matters.
“Information is required and we look at journalists, as those persons who can disseminate such information to the public, in a way they understand, and ensure that once we move towards implementing the strategies, our communities will be in a better position to accept them,” Mr. Calixte added.
“For this to become a reality, the cooperation of the media associations and journalists is important to advance the agenda of children’s protection and rights”, he went on to say.
All the Eastern Caribbean countries have signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which signifies a commitment to ensure a child’s right to; Survival, Development, Protection and Participation.