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TCI: Respect for children encouraged in MoE and UNICEF ‘Positive Discipline’ campaign

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#Providenciales, May 31, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Ministry of Education in partnership with UNICEF is giving more intentional focus to better disciplinary practices in a campaign called, Positive Discipline is Possible with Young Children.

“The Ministry of Education has embarked on a campaign to ensure that all of its institutions are operating in accordance to the ‘Child-friendly Principles’. Child-friendly schools are guided by three main principles namely: Child-centeredness, Inclusion and Democratic Participation. Similar to schools in the Eastern Caribbean region, the Turks and Caicos Islands has focused its attention on implementing positive Behaviour Management, Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) and healthy Lifestyles, Student Participation, Parental and Community Involvement, Policies that Protect Children and Student Centeredness.”

Education Officer with a focus on Child Safeguarding, Heidi Williams explained that while most schools already have best practices in place, the campaign is designed to heighten awareness.

“Positive discipline is a method of teaching appropriate behaviour by interacting with children in a kind but firm manner. The aim of positive discipline is to prevent behavioural problems before they start by teaching routines, understanding, and providing support.”

It may be peculiar in our culture of ‘be seen and not heard’ as a general rule for children, to embrace this method of guiding healthier behaviour and kinder reactions to misbehavior, but Williams is supported by UNICEF in the mission to introduce the ‘Child Friendly Policies’.

“In addition, research has shown that treating children with respect forms the basis for a nurturing, secure, trustworthy and loving relationship between the parent and the child, and is more effective in the long –term than punishment,” explained Ms. Williams.

The new policies in child-rearing are not a carte blanche for children to be rude toward or to rule their parents and teachers; in fact, UNICEF has proven that the principles work to establish greater harmony and understanding.

“Positive discipline does not mean letting children have their own way, but rather setting realistic expectations and firm boundaries that are both developmentally and age appropriate.”

The campaign has included Public Service Announcements on radio, television and social media and more.

“While many of these areas currently exist within our school systems, we have set into motion a campaign to bring about greater awareness of positive discipline, not only in our schools but in the homes. Further to this, a number of strategies have been put in place, in addition to workshops being held and distribution of pamphlets to parents.”

The ‘Positive Discipline is Possible’ campaign is funded by UNICEF.

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Law coming for Third Generation TCIs to be legal citizens; PNP Administration working to BOOST indigenous population

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Sherrica Thompson 

 Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, November 28, 2022 – In about three months, individuals who are second or third generations of Turks and Caicos Islanders will have the opportunity to rectify this issue and gain citizenship according to the Premier and Minister for Immigration and Border Services.

It is a bold move to enlarge the indigenous population of the islands, which is now braced to be expanded, it seems.  In a revelation at the town hall meeting held in Provo a week ago, Monday November 21 there were questions and answers.

“We are now changing the Immigration Ordinance to reflect the second or third generation from Turks to Turks Islanders,” Musgrove said, noting that “within the next three months or so, we’ll see a difference in the new ordinance.”

Currently, individuals on the island can obtain their status by being a second generation, but the new ordinance will make provisions for the third generation as well.

The resident, who was speaking on behalf of her grand-niece asked Minister Musgrove:

“My grandniece has two children, one is about to graduate next year and the other the next, so in two years, both will be graduated.  At the moment, what is their status in the country?  They would be the great-grandchild of my brother, and my niece is a voting person, she is nationalized, but her children don’t have any form of status, so how does she fix that for her kids that live here in the TCI?”

This crucial question also revealed information on plans that the government has in place to grow the TCI population, which currently has a population of about 39,967 people.

In responding to the resident’s query, Premier Washington Misick said the government is currently working on the population and immigration policy of the TCI, noting that the country has to “decide what our population is going to look like in the next ten, twenty, thirty, and fifty years.”

Misick further noted in expanding the population, the public has to decide how it wants to go about doing so, whether by bloodline or importation.

“We have to make a decision in this country whether we want to expand our population by our own bloodline or whether we are going to continue to import people, give them work permits, Permanent Residency Certificates (PRCs) and then give them status, while we have our own people next door only qualified to the second generation.

“It would be far better if we extend that status to our own bloodlines, people who live across the world, so that is one of the considerations that you as the public will have a say in, that is what the government is feeling on this matter,” Misick explained.

In addition, the Premier said the government is reaching out to Bahamians of TCI heritage in the neighbor northwest of the territory.

“We are currently advertising both private and public sector jobs in the Bahamas, and we will see more and more qualified TCI-Bahamians taking positions here,” Misick said.

He also said the TCI will be opening a Diaspora Office in the Bahamas to “interact with our people, assist with that transfer and assist in all other ways.”

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Police Report Traffic Death in Provo over the weekend

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, November 28, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos islands has recorded another traffic fatality this year.  In a short update police indicated that they had received calls around 10 a.m. Saturday, November 26th that a car had crashed near the Wine Cellar along Leeward Highway.  First responders rushed the male victim to Cheshire Hall but he passed away within half an hour.

The circumstances surrounding the crash are unclear but the police maintained they are investigating and implored the public to call in with any information regarding the accident.

During the holiday season as parties increase, families celebrate and alcohol is poured, accidents and road fatalities tend to increase.  This is thanks to increased road traffic, more individuals driving inebriated and a variety of reasons  The US Centres for Disease Control describes it as a global issue and one that is easily preventable.

Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years. In the Caribbean 30 percent of road traffic accidents happen to young people and 90 percent of those are young men. The increasing amounts of deaths in the Caribbean prompted Project Yellow Light, an initiative between the Caribbean Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank to increase awareness surrounding road fatalities back in 2015 around the same time the Pan American Health Organization called for stricter road traffic legislation in the Caribbean.

In order to decrease the risk of serious injury or death there are several things drivers can do this Christmas season.

  • Do not drive while drunk or while under the influence of drugs . Not only is it a criminal offense in the Turks and Caicos it is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents.  When attending parties, have a designated driver. Do not allow your friends to drive while inebriated. It is safer to have an uncomfortable night sleeping in your car than to attempt driving while under the influence.
  • Do not use your phone while driving and avoid other distractions. The CDC says ‘sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for at least five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that is like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.’ Driving is unpredictable and requires your full attention
  • Don’t be afraid to wait out the storm. If driving in heavy rain or even snow depending on your location is becoming increasingly difficult don’t be afraid to pull over and wait until conditions are better, arriving late beats not arriving at all.
  • Purchase and use the correct car seats for your children, learn how to buckle them in properly. Though we often assume car seats are for babies children should use booster seats from birth until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height usually between 8 to 12 years old
  • Always remember to put on your seat belt and buckle in your children.  In the rush of Christmas shopping, visiting family etc. people may forget simple things.

Practicing these and other tips will make your Christmas road trips that much safer. Happy holidays! In addition if you or someone you know received a DUI charge or needs assistance with drug or alcohol use, contact the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence on 649-338-3613 in Grand Turk or 649-338-4737 in Providenciales.

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TCI losing against developed countries for its Bright, Young Talent; DP says he won’t lose hope

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TurksandCaicos, November 28, 2022 – It’s not just a lack of jobs, but the quality of life of larger, more developed countries which is proving a formidable foe in retaining young, educated talent islanders whose navel strings are buried in the Turks and Caicos.

Dazzling escapes, legendary cities, iconic monuments and the array of activities are so captivating and alluring to Turks and Caicos Islanders travelling and studying abroad, many are opting not to return home and the government says it is painfully well aware.

“There are a number of things when you say quality of life” he explained.  “If you like different types of food, you’ll have all the choices, if you want to watch movies- if you want to work with all sorts of different companies you’ve got a number of different choices and so the young people go out there, particularly the UK, and they go, wow this is a much bigger world– Not every time they go out there it’s because job opportunities are not here, the bigger world provides them with a million more opportunities,” he maintained.

A recent UN study substantiated Saunders’ account.

It said, “To address the “brain drain” source countries need to work on improving conditions that will provide greater incentives for highly skilled workers to remain at home.  These may include better human rights, wages, more modern health and education facilities as well as creating a more suitable environment for businesses.”

The Deputy Premier maintained that as a growing country, the TCI was starting to provide those things like bustling nightlife and more varied employment opportunities.

“In terms of countries we are a teenager but we are filling in those gaps for things for them to do; more interesting jobs for them to do, more interesting problems for them to work on.  I understand the frustration but what we’re having is the growing pain of our young country.  What they are seeing is ‘first world’ and we are ‘developing world’– so I don’t want you to lose hope.”

The responses and admissions emerged at a town hall meeting held Monday November 21, when the government was asked, ‘what it was doing to attract young TCI minds back home.’

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