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U P . . N GADOLESCENTS PROJECT

Sub-Grantee: Project Title:

Jamaica Red Cross

Adolescents and Family Outreach

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Numeracy and literacy continued t o take center-stage this period, although other a&.es such as home management, art & croft, computer-aided learning, and

apiculture continued t o be important. Home

management included clothing & textiles, and food % nutrition. One center embarked on making pillows, which it is hoped may become on income generating activity for .the adolescents.

The St. Cotherine center reactivated computer-aided literacy. Non-reading students were able t o advance much faster in word recognition, compared t o the usual classroom methods. Apiculture continued t o be set back by the disease which has affected the industry locally. Most affected is the St. Cotherine center.

Registration o t the St. Thomas center considerably increased, and hod to be curtailed so that the numbers could be kept within manageablelimits. It is clear here thot the need for UAP-type intervention is dire, especially among the children who are over 18.

In the reproductive health program, students now display less reluctance to discuss sexuality in the presence of their eiders. This was most readily observed during Safer Sex week in February. Peer education training has accordingly been conducted in a more relaxed atmosphere with the adolescents.

A stoff development seminar under the theme 'Never Give In" was held in February for stoff from ail centers. Sraff asserted, in sharing their experiences, tho? communication was critical for enhancing the learning experience with adolescents. Some suggested that teachers should utilize an "Open Forum" at which the adolescentswould be free t o

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