Marcus Garvey Technical High School
How to tackle a culture of violence in school
- Prize Category: Overcoming Adversity
- Format: Immersive performance
- Country: Jamaica
- Languages: Streamed live in English with automated captions in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and other languages to be confirmed later.
- Learn more about the Top Ten Shortlisted Schools in the Overcoming Adversity category on the World’s Best School Prizes website.
Marcus Garvey Technical High School, a co-ed secondary school in parish of St Ann, Jamaica once had a culture of violence that saw hundreds of students expelled for fighting, but the school’s leadership has turned its fortunes around to become one of the best schools in the region.
Outbreaks of fighting amongst the school’s students had become so notorious that the local hospital designated a specific ward to treat their injuries. Students were largely unmotivated and often disengaged with their studies, while parents rarely got involved.
It was only when Marcus Garvey Technical High School underwent a transformation, under the helm of Principal Anniona Jones in 2018, that the culture of the high school started to shift in a positive direction. It counteracted the fighting with a series of motivational talks and assemblies. A guidance counselling unit helped connect with students including at home. Another approach was through sport and other activities, encouraging students to participate in football, table tennis and quizzes to keep them occupied and allowing them to communicate in healthier ways. Finally, the school took strides in developing a stronger relationship with parents, using WhatsApp and Facebook Live to keep them abreast of their children’s progress. Parents could even contact the principal directly on her personal mobile number.
Join us for an interesting session on student coexistence.
Moderator: Oral Lawson
Oral Lawson is a Numeracy Specialist on the Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education (APSE) Department and has been an educator for approximately three (3) years. He is a member of the Ocho Rios Titans Toastmasters Club. He is a young man who is passionate about improving the lives of those around him and he is fully invested in impacting the lives of his students, community, country and the world. He is also married for one (1) year and ten (10) months and is the father of an energetic baby boy. Lastly, he is a singer and musician who serves in his local teacher.
Speaker 1: Kimberline Gordon-Binning
Kimberline Gordon-Binning has been educator for over fifteen (15) years. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Post-graduate Diploma in History Education. She is currently the Secretary of the History Teachers Association of Jamaica. She is passionate about changing the narrative on how Humanities-based subjects are taught. She believes that the content and when it is taught can change the society for the better. She states that History is not boring and Social Studies is relevant and necessary to the society. She teaches: Social Studies, History, Caribbean Studies and Sociology at the Marcus Garvey Technical High School.
Speaker 2: Ravan Butler
Ravan Butler is a committed Mathematics Educator for over four (4) years. He currently serves as one of the Faculty Advisors of the Tourism Action Club (T.A.C.) at the Marcus Garvey Technical High School. He is a multi-faceted young man who has spearheaded an E-Sports Gaming Club and DJ Club at the institution. He is a family man and he caters to every child with utmost guidance and positive influence being a past-student of the institution. He is a videographer, photographer, graphic designer and event planner who is brave and confident in whatever he does, always striving for excellence.
Speaker 3: Anniona Jones
Anniona Jones is the transformational leader of the Marcus Garvey Technical High School. She has been instrumental in significantly improving student behaviours, reducing suspensions and boosting staff morale. She has spearheaded the post-secondary unit and has reaped great success with a vast majority of the students qualifying for college programmes. For her outstanding work, she has received the Platinum Award for Excellence in Education from the Jamaica Teacher’s Association (J.T.A) St. Ann Chapter. She is a committed educator, a toastmaster and she continues to: strive, learn, lead and serve. She is also a wife and mother of three (3) wonderful children.