IOJ hosts 3rd Annual Hush – Children’s Symposium

Date Published: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In recognition of Child month, the Programmes Coordination Division, the children’s arm of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) will host its 3rd annual children’s symposium, called “HUSH” under the theme “Broken Butterflies.” The symposium will be held on Wednesday, May 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the IOJ’s Lecture Hall.

The objective of the symposium is to discuss topical issues that are traditionally tabooed with children (11-18 years) and this year’s theme seeks to create an analogy that children, like butterflies, their prospect to fly or develop can be impeded by negative factors.

The symposium is motivational in nature and is geared to:

  1. Teach children how to reduce their propensity to become sexual targets;
  2. Increase awareness of the institutional framework that supports children’s needs and or safe houses;
  3. Teach children coping skills;
  4. Inform children about their rights and responsibilities;
  5. Encourage children to make better life choices; and
  6. Reduce the probability of students being involved in unhealthy behaviours.