“We are all engaged in a campaign to return to our schools an atmosphere of cordiality, tranquility, friendliness, tolerance and an environment conducive to effective learning and the development of students’ creative talents and genius” Greene explained while delivering opening remarks at the “Anger Management and Emotional Literacy Forum” on 11th May, 2011 at the Manhattan Gardens Restaurant.
He told the 25-plus principals and deputy principals gathers for participation on the work shop, “It is no secret that your role in helping to meet the goals and objectives of this project is pivotal. I use the word pivotal because you have been given the responsibility to manage the day to day affairs of our schools.”
Mr. Green noted that as principals and deputy principals, they are accountable for all operational details of their respective schools, which places them in the position to assist greatly in curbing the trends of anger.
“You have been made accountable for every operational detail in our schools. Hence in an era when the atmosphere in the classrooms, the corridors and on playgrounds can become charged with anger and saturated with conflicts that, at times, erupt into episodes of violence, your role as Principals and Deputy Principals in helping to reverse this trend and in offering workable solutions, looms large.
“When the school environs become unstable, to the point where it impacts negatively on your schools ability to function at its optimum, our leaders in the public and private sectors, the Ministry, the community, the teachers, the student body, the guidance counselors and the parents, the media – all look to you to do something – to try and change the status quo – to help find answers. That is why my organization contends that you, our Principals and Deputy Principals should be part and parcel of this project.”
In outlining the expectation of the top administrators of the schools, Mr. Greene pointed out that theirs is one of leadership.
“As Principals and Deputy Principals, you are expected to play a meaningful role in addressing issues that are directly and indirectly linked to anger management and conflict resolutions. This means that you should be leading, directing, mobilizing, encouraging, managing, thinking, implementing, changing, adjusting – doing whatever it takes to protect the schools you manage from influences and vices that could reap havoc on the education of our children and on the education system in our country as a whole.
“…I am confident that you will find this event to be most meaningful as your role in our collective efforts to address the issues relating to anger management and conflict resolutions in our schools is fully crystallized and accepted,” Greene expressed.