On Wednesday, February 9 the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) hosted an hour-long session for parents titled ‘How to encourage my unmotivated child in online school?’
This session was organised by the Ministry of Education’s, Student Support Services Division, St George East District. One of their core functions is to advocate and work with children and their families.
Incorporated into their termly work-plan is to ensure parents are engaged in sessions termed ‘Parenting in Education’. These sessions are geared towards building rapport, and educating and supporting parents on and through key issues affecting them individually or as a group.
The AFLC’s Mental Health Clinician, Crystal Johnson facilitated this session with 100 parents from 10 schools: Arima Centenary Government Primary, Arima New Government Primary, Arima Boys’ Government Primary, La Horquetta North Government Primary, La Horquetta South Government Primary, Malabar RC Primary, Santa Rosa Government Primary, St Barbara’s Spiritual Shouter Baptist Primary, Talparo RC Primary and St Mary’s Children’s Home.
Parents were asked, “What does your unmotivated child looks like?”
Responses included: getting the child to stay focused in class; children fidgeting during class; completing assignments took longer than it should especially written assignments because the children do not like writing; and lack of interest in doing schoolwork.
Testimonies from parents
Heather – “Thank you! needed this right now.”
Melissa – “I really enjoyed this session.”
Justin – “Extremely informative.”
Suzanne – “Thank you for the information, it was helpful.”
Crystal – “I just want to say thank you very much for the information. It was very informative and educational.”
Bryan – “Thank you for the information.”