2016 School Climate Report

2016 School Climate Report


2016 Trinidad and Tobago School Climate Report The Trinidad and Tobago School Climate Report: “Bullying and Gender Based Violence in Secondary Schools represents a three-year long project, from conceptual phase to implementation, for the Silver Lining Foundation (SLF). According to the United Nations World Report on Violence against Children (2006), most bullying is sexual or gender-based – both in terms of the selection of victims (i.e. largely affecting girls and those students perceived as not conforming to prevailing sexual and…

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SLF Releases School Climate Report


SLF Releases School Climate Report on Bullying and Gender Based Violence in Secondary Schools 
ST. AUGUSTINE (March 7, 2018) – The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) today released the first in a series of biennial Trinidad and Tobago School Climate Reports: “Bullying and Gender Based Violence in Secondary Schools.” SLF, with the approval of the Ministry of Education and in collaboration with the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) conducted a baseline survey in May to July 2016, assessing the prevalence of…

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Christmas Message – 2015


Wishing you the best this holidays and for the New Year ahead! The Silver Lining Foundation extends a Happy Holidays to you. As the year comes to a close, we reminisce on the experiences had, lessons learnt and lives touched. We remember the joy of brightening others’ lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing each others’ loads, and supplanting empty hearts and lives with gifts of love and support. 2015 has been another whirlwind of success for the Foundation and, by…

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Bullying 101 – Helping Your Child


How to talk to your child about bullying? Clear communication with your child is integral in fostering an open and honest relationship. You want your child to trust you, so the child feels comfortable to come to you, without fear. Think of it as creating a safe zone, where your child can feel unthreatened and free to talk to you. As the parent, you need to ask your child about the incident, and LISTEN to their response without condemnation. Instead…

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Bullying 101


What is Bullying and Signs of Bullying Bullying refers to repeated and systematic harassment and attacks on others perpetrated by individuals or groups. It is not one-off incidents, but rather persistent acts of aggression. There is not much difference between the bully and the victim. One is the aggressor and the other is the recipient of that aggression. Often times, the aggressor is acting out aggression accumulated from their own experiences of being taken advantage of. This post outlines some…

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ASJA Review


On November 19, 2015, Krystal Ghisyawan, representing the Silver Lining Foundation, met with the Parent-teacher Association of the Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Association (ASJA) Primary School in San Fernando. There were approximately one hundred parents in attendance. Krystal spoke for fifteen minutes on the parents’ role in raising future adults, their responsibility for stemming the spread of bullying by teaching how to respect others and empathise, as well as how to deal with bullying in schools. The talk was followed…

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SLF Condemns the Use of Homophobic Language/Bullying


SLF Condemns the Use of Homophobic Language/Bullying by Elected Representatives and Public Officials. The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) is once again calling on all elected representatives and public officials to conduct themselves in a manner that is befitting of their office, to the benefit of all citizens of our nation. The use of language that is crude, offensive and inflammatory which discriminates or persecutes persons or groups in society, has no place inside the walls of our country’s Parliament or…

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SLF seeks Ministry’s approval to conduct Survey


SLF seeks Ministry’s approval to conduct National School Climate Survey on Bullying. The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) applauds the Minister of Education’s recent comments that his ministry is committed to acting on information on bullying. This statement affirms a strong stance against violence in our nation’s schools by the Ministry of Education and certainly sends the right message that bullying should not and will not be tolerated. However the foundation holds the view that any policy that is reactive and…

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A Safe Space – Film


The Silver Lining Foundation is pleased to announce the world premiere of its short documentary “A Safe Space” at this year’s Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival! The film tells the story of young George Kazanjian who took his life stemming from the difficulties of dealing with his sexual identity. It goes on to tell the many similar struggles of other young people and how a brave few sought to turn tragedy into hope for others. Directed and produced by Near…

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SLF Reaches out to LGBTI Youth


Trinidad Guardian Newspaper Sunday 6th September 2015 By Paula Lindo “Bullying is an ever-present problem in schools, and for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) youth, it can often lead to depression and suicidal thoughts and actions. The Silver Lining Foundation (SLF) reaches out to these and other marginalized youth whose needs for attention and support are often not met by school and other support systems. The Foundation was founded in February 2012 in response to the September 2011…

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