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THA educates students about the Environment
The Department of Natural Resources and
the Environment(THA) is educating Toba-
go primary school children about the envi-
ronment under the theme 'Wetlands for
Disaster Risk Reduction'.
The department spoke with the children
about wetlands and their value as natural
safeguards against disasters.
They also told the children the wetlands
reduce the impact of flooding and help to
maintain good water quality in rivers, recharge
groundwater, help stabilise climatic condi-
tions and control pests.
The students were given several guided
tours of selected wetlands areas in Tobago
.The tours helped raise awareness and high-
lighted the vital roles of healthy wetlands in
reducing the impacts of extreme events such
as flooding, droughts and cyclones on com-
Last month, World Wetlands Day was
celebrated to highlight the importance of
wetland preservation. Tobago has four major
wetlands at Petit Trou, Kilgwyn, Bon Accord
and Buccoo and ten smaller ones on the
windward and leeward coasts.
School Repairs to be Community-based
THA's Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles
says the School Repair Programme is adopt-
ing a more community-centric approach
Speaking to primary school principals at
a stakeholder session last Tuesday 21st Feb-
ruary 21 at the Division of Finance and the
Economy's Conference Room, Chief Secre-
tary and Secretary of Education, Innovation
and Energy Charles indicated that the School
Repair Programme will be overhauled. He
said contractors from school communities
will be used for the repair programme.
Charles said the changes will benefit not
only the schools but communities surround-
ing the island's educational institutions. "We
would be utilising individuals and small
contractors in communities to enhance
well-being and improve skills," Charles said.
He added: " This will empower commu-
nities of which the school is key." The School
Repair Programme operates throughout the
year, but major works are performed on
buildings during the summer vacation to
minimise interruptions to students.
CHIEF MAGISTRATE PAINED BY RISING CRIME
Society, including the media,
has become immune to crime and
violence at times, so much so that
murders are no longer on the front
pages of newspapers.
So said Chief Magistrate Marcia
Ayers-Caesar on Sunday, as she
expressed concern about the spi-
ralling crime rate.
She was speaking to members
of the media after addressing the
congregation at an International
Women's Week service at the Holy
Trinity Cathedral, Port-of-Spain.
International Women's Day will
be recognised tomorrow under the
theme "Be Bold For Change."
Saying the figures spoke for
themselves, Ayers-Caesar said she
was particularly worried by the
fact that murder accused who
appeared before her now were very
young, in some instances less than
14.Saying as a mother she was
pained by this, she said, "You have
to put on this hard exterior, but
every time I see a young man or
a young woman before me for
murder it breaks your heart,
because I have young children and
it touches me in that way.
is very disheartening."
Describing the crime situation
as very troubling, she said every
life lost was one too many.
"It is troubling because I live
here and it places a certain amount
of fear in you, but because we keep
hearing two and three murders
every day there are some of us
who have become so insensitive to
it," Ayers-Caesar said.
"For example, look at the news-
papers... We no longer put it on
the front page. We just see a little
number at the top to just remind
us. It is not in our faces any more
and maybe it should be in our
She said a lot of the crime and
violence stemmed from the homes,
adding that the products of soci-
ety also came from the home.
She appealed to the gun-toting
young men to put down the weap-
ons and instead take up a "holy
"If the young men would put
down the guns and take up the
Bible, we would be in a much bet-
ter place and parents also need to
take responsibility, as a family that
prays together stays together," she
"We have just thrown out all
these values and we need to bring
Regarding efforts by the various
churches to hold nationwide prayer
services in light of the upsurge in
violence, she said while this was
laudable churches also needed to
reach out to the young population.
"The churches must take up the
mantle and reach out. Our church-
es are almost empty, so the church
has to find a way to get its flock
back in," Ayers-Caesar said.
Fr Carl Williams left greets
Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Ceasar
whose spoke about violence against
women, during Sunday Mass at the
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Abercromby Street,
Port-of-Spain yesterday in celebration of
the International Women's day week.
PHOTO: (Trinidad Guardian )
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