Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 30, 2017 (SKNIS): Programmes designed for teen mothers under Project Viola were created to assist young mothers to prepare for the world of work, as well as to build their personal skills, said Director of the Department of Gender Affairs, Celia Christopher, while appearing on Wednesday’s (November 29) edition of “Working for You”.
“We work along with other agencies such as the community health nurses to go in and speak to them about personal and career development,” she said. “The personal aspect involves self-esteem, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health, which covers sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and so forth. So you have one week of personal development and you also have one week of career development, then you have two weeks of job attachment. So we still try to get all of those components into the programme.”
She explained that the Department of Environment is looking into introducing a new aspect of the programme to further assists teen mothers.
“We are also now moving to provide parenting [classes] because of that programme. We did it but on a little ad hoc basis, but we need something more structured because of some issues that are emerging with the young mothers,” said the director.
Project Viola is a programme for teen mothers that is conducted by the Department of Gender Affairs. According to information from https://www.facebook.com/pg/
The project focuses on two objectives for the short and long-term. The short-term goal emphasizes and ensures that teen mothers complete their secondary education, while the long-term goal is to break the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse common to teen mothers and their children.