Partnership of peace
It is pretty obvious that no single change will end violent crime, especially among young people. But a multitude of small steps can make a difference.
In that context, CedarBridge Academy’s partnership with Peaceful Schools International will help, and the school deserves credit for introducing it. The programme, along with the Chain Reaction Programme also underway at CedarBridge, should help students to learn to resolve their differences peacefully and to reduce bullying.
Even a small difference will be worth it if it persuades one student to avoid violence and turn away from gangs, since young people often turn to gangs at the senior school level.
If, as principal Kalmar Richards hopes, the effort spreads into the wider community, then it will be all the more worthwhile. In addition, if the programme is successful, it would be good to see it introduced in the middle schools, where violent behaviour often begins.
CedarBridge deserves full marks for starting this programme. With commitment and effort, it may make a difference.