The devastating impact of bullying in schools (on not just the individuals involved but similarly the society at large) is undeniable. With the recent spate of crime globally and more particularly in Saint Lucia, Saint Lucian author and youth advocate Loverly Sheridan has been working tirelessly to effect real change by investing in our nations’ youth.
After a very successful campaign and bench unveiling at various schools across the island in June of 2018, Loverly Sheridan kicked off the official launch of her International “Buddy Bench Campaign,” endorsed by the Ministry of Education of Saint Lucia, just in time for Saint Lucia’s 40th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
‘BE A BUDDY, NOT A BULLY’ is an ongoing U.S National Anti-bullying campaign designed by Loverly Sheridan based on her book ‘Be a Buddy Not a Bully’ which is geared towards children in grades Pre-K to 3, (Ages 4 to 10), to help raise awareness and end bullying and to promote friendliness and inclusiveness in schools.
Loverly believes that if we teach children about the effects of their actions and the importance of teamwork, sharing, compassion and empathy from an early age, we can help curb some of our larger societal problems; this belief is what inspired the “buddy bench” initiative.
The official launch of the campaign took place on Monday, February 18, at Loverly’s alma mater the Carmen Rene Memorial School.
During this ceremony seven primary schools received buddy benches namely:
- Anglican Primary
- Bouton Combined
- Camille Henry Memorial School
- Carmen Rene Memorial School
- Gros-Islet Infant School
- Les Etangs Combined School
- Pierrot Combined School