Kids pace down their anger

BY LEARNING ways to manage their anger, a group of Liverpool school students are finding their time in the classroom can be worthwhile.

For the past three years, students from eight local schools have taken part in an anger management program offered by Mission Australia's South West Youth Peer Education Centre.

Niu Fiu, the co-ordinator of the program, which is called PACE, said many positive results had been achieved by the students, including a decrease in violence, fewer anger issues, less truanting, and increases in positive attitudes and respect for teachers.

Mr Fiu said it had also led to an increase in student grades and focus during regular lessons and "positive attitudes through life choices".

"Some of the topics covered are communication, organisation, positive attitude, anti-bullying and self respect," he said.

The PACE program runs once a week for six weeks.

"There are many different reasons as to why anger is an issue in our local schools," Mr Fiu said.

"Number one would be because we have one of the largest housing departments in NSW.

"There are many drug, violence, alcohol-related issues as well as unemployment in the area.

"It may also be a generation to generation anger issue, an effect of parents passing their frustrations down to their children."

Those that have completed the program include Casula, Miller, Hoxton Park, Ashcroft, Lurnea, Ingleburn, Liverpool Boys and Sarah Redfern high schools.

Details: Niu Fiu, 9607 0468 or email, fiup@missionaustralia.com.au.

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