As I embark on my third year with the School Leadership Center of Trinidad and Tobago, I am filled with pride to be a part of the Zippy's Friends movement. This year we embarked on training teachers to facilitate parent meetings to educate parents on the programme and its benefits. We were also able to train teachers in Sint Maarten, who became the second Caribbean island to teach the programme.
On Saturday I trained a new batch of teachers to begin teaching the Zippy's Friends Programme. Sponsored by the DIGICEL Foundation, Zippy is now in over 60 schools across Trinidad (we hope to train teachers in Tobago very soon).
It has been a very full training year thus far, but it is all worth it, if the children of Trinidad and Tobago can benefit from this emotional intelligence programme that supports them in developing coping skills.
When exposed to art in an effective way, children can learn that pursuing artistic ways of expression can give them a process to explore their feelings and experiences—when they are at therapy sessions or when they are at home or school. With the continued encouragement of adults who support the child to follow artistic pursuits, a child can be inspired to find new ways to express emotions, become more self-aware, and discover a pathway to healing.