April 27, 2016

Munroe Road Students Graduate from Project Happiness Despite the Odds

On Thursday 21st April 2016, 45, Standard 3 students of the Munroe Road Hindu Primary School became ReThink’s most recent group of Happiness Ambassadors.

Project Happiness Regional Director, Amanda Fernandes, with the programmes most recent graduates.

Project Happiness Regional Director, Amanda Fernandes, with the programmes most recent graduates.

Their journey to this day was longer than most, but it made the occasion even more special. The Project Happiness curriculum for this class actually began in September 2015, however after being moved to a brand new school in October 2015, the students and teachers were informed that the school was not yet ready to be occupied and the school remained closed for 7 whole weeks! This however did not stop the students from completing the programme. They came back after those 7 weeks more enthusiastic than ever!

The students of the Munroe Road Hindu School worked diligently each week, putting their best foot forward in all that they did; from the written assignments, to the crafty projects to the scenarios and role play. The students were so eager about the programme and about learning more about developing their social and emotional skills that on the day of graduation, they volunteered to prepare a lesson on Bullying, which they would present to Project Happiness Regional Director of the Caribbean, Amanda Fernandes at a date to be decided.

The 45 students proudly received their certificates, with beaming smiles with the promise of putting all that they learnt into practice in an effort to be the best possible version of themselves that they can be.

While they 9 week programme may have ended for this inquisitive bunch of children, their learning and development will certainly continue to flourish.

Since its inception in September 2014, Project Happiness has been implemented in 13 schools in Trinidad, with over 500 graduates. The programme recently launched in Guyana with the full endorsement of the Government and it will soon be adopted nationwide.