Parent Education for Development in Barbados (PAREDOS) 

 

Parent Education for Development in Barbados (PAREDOS) is a registered Charity, which promote strong cohesive family life in Barbados by addressing the challenges facing parents and families. PAREDOS was established in 1972 ago in response to the needs identified by parents and concerned professionals in the community for improved parenting skills and family life in Barbados.

 

Some five decades PAREDOS is still providing support for Barbadian families through a range of programmes, and this is the unique value that the organization brings to this sector. The goal is to educate parents in all aspects of child rearing practices so they can positively impact the lives of their children and change the society in which we live.

 

The vision statement of PAREDOS is:                

 

Building strong Cohesive communities, One family at a time.

 

 

The mission statement is as follows: To

Promote Sound, Harmonious Family Life through the Delivery of Exceptional Parenting Services.

 

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Programme Objectives
 

The three main objectives of PAREDOS are as follows: To

  • Provide families with information, guidance and counselling on parenting and other family related matters;
  • Raise the level of awareness of the importance of responsible family life in national development through educational programmes; and
  • Deliver quality childcare to children from three months to four and a half (3 months-4 ½) years of age, and provide support and guidance to their parents.
 

Overview
For over 45 years, PAREDOS, a non-profit organization, has developed partnership with International and Government agencies, the private sector, NGO’s and individuals to deliver Parent Education and Support Programmes to families. In 2001, PAREDOS opened the Bertie Graham Early Childhood Education Unit, which houses the PAREDOS Day Care Centre. PAREDOS is guided by an Executive Committee and managed by a Director and a team of highly qualified staff. Professional resource persons and trained volunteers provide technical assistance.
 

Rationale
It is clear that the family is the basic building block of society and the primary agent of socialisation. Unfortunately, the family is not always the perfect, loving and safe institution that it is supposed to be.
 
In Barbados, social relationships have undergone rapid change. Weakened links between parents and their children, teachers and pupils and between families and communities have lead to deterioration in the abilities of parents and professionals to exercise effective control and discipline. Reports show an increase in the number of reported cases of violence and disruptive behaviours in our society.
 
More than 80% of PAREDOS' clients have adolescents who exhibit disruptive behaviours such as fighting, stealing, and rebellion. These undesirable behaviours have resulted in conflicts between adolescents and their peers, parents, and teachers. (PAREDOS Report, 1997).
 
Reports also show poor parenting skills, ineffective communication and inadequate problem solving techniques as significant indicators of parent-adolescent conflicts (PAREDOS Report, 1998).
This weakening of control presents a challenge to parents who are strict disciplinarians and those who have unrealistic expectations of their children/adolescents.