This year marks 13 years since the establishment of the KIND Programme in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. KIND is an acronym for Kids In Need of Direction and is a programme which emphasizes the critical relationship between home and school in facilitating positive changes in student behavior.
KIND has three components: (1) A vacation behaviour modification programme (2) a parenting programme and (3) an after-school component that offers academic support to students. KIND is a 3-year programme which targets students at grade 4 and continues with these students until grade 6.
The 2019 KIND Vacation Programme was held from July 15 to August 2 and is a joint venture of the Students Support Services (SSS) unit in the Ministry of Education and the Child Protection Services unit in the Ministry of National Mobilization, etc.
Coordinator of the SSS and one of the KIND programme directors, Jasmine Francois-Creese, says that the theme of this year’s programme was ‘Changing Behaviour through listening ears, soft hearts and a smile”.