CSJP Outdoing Major Targets

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Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, makes a point during his presentation in the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 13.

PHOTO:Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, makes a point during his presentation in the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 13.

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(Contributed by the Jamaica Information Service)

The Ministry of National Security through the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) continues to support programmes targeting at-risk youth in eight parishes and in 50 communities.

According to a Ministry Paper tabled by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting on Tuesday, May 13 in the House of Representatives, the CSJP has focused on the development of life skills, remedial education, technical skills, and the provision of opportunities for employment and further education.

The document noted further that a recent evaluation of the programme indicates that the CSJP II has met and, in many cases, exceeded performance targets.

So far, approximately 2,659 persons have benefited from Educational, life skills and parenting programmes delivered by Non-Governmental Organisations, compared with the 2,250 targeted; 1,241 at-risk youth have receiveD vocational skills training compared with the 720 targeted; 222 campared with the 200 targeted students have received pre-vocational training; and 2,516 students have benefited from tuition support, compared with the 400 projected.

“Of particular note, are the 450 at-risk youth who have participated in and graduated from the Ministry of National Security/Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) on the job training in construction skills,” the Ministry paper stated.

The document also added that a number of these young men have had positive life changing experiences as a result as “some have joined the JDF, some have found jobs overseas and locally, and others have been motivated to return to school to further upgrade their skills and qualifications.”

Meanwhile, the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) continues to be active as an efficient first responder to acts of community violence.

The PMI has been particularly helpful in moderating long-standing conflicts in the communities of Majesty Gardens, Hanna Town, Rose Town and Trench Town in Kingston and the Canterbury and Granville communities in St. James,” the document stated.