“Over the years, we have seen the impact of Debate Mate Jamaica work with at-risk youth populations. The participants have been able to work through conflict using words and have garnered new skills that are applicable in the work environment. We decided to increase our support, because we believe that public and private partnerships is essential to reshaping the Jamaican education system,” Brittany Singh Williams, executive director of the C.B. Facey Foundation.
Principal of Melrose Primary and Junior High School, Jennifer Lee, said the DMJ programme also had an effect on the wider school population.
“The Debate Mate Programme widens the students scope of thinking and exposes them to other ways of dealing with conflicts and the realities of growing up. Unlike the other students, the debaters are more likely to rethink when faced with conflicts. They seek to attack the problem and not the person. This makes for a more calming environment and a safer school,” Lee explained.
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