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Dr Knolly Clarke

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The Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) of T&T will soon announce its version of a recovery-type programme for the nation’s youth.

Head of the IRO Dr Knolly Clarke said so during an interview. According to Clarke, the organisation will meet within the next two weeks to design the multi-pronged programme.

Clarke said as an organisation representing religious bodies, the fundamental of the programme will take on the influence of spirituality and morality but it would also address and deal with the many social issues faced by young people and, by extension, the family.

He also said the programme, which will be taught from the organisation’s teaching centre in Port-of-Spain, will seek to ensure children from non-denominational schools where religious education was absent, would have the opportunity to engage and participate in such lessons.

He said the denominational schools were working with their children but it was time all the nation’s schools had some form of religious teachings, which he believes would aid in their all-round development.

With regards to its work with religious organisations and institutions during the pandemic, Clarke said its function during the global crisis has been and continues to be a monitory one.

He said the IRO had been staying in close communication with the various religious bodies and churches to ensure they were adhering to all health protocols to avoid any spread of the coronavirus.

Clarke said rather than just acting in a monitory role, it wanted to do more than that, hence the idea to create the programme which can even benefit the church.

Clarke said he had a dream for the institution of family in the society and this is was why the IRO would now take this approach.

He said minds were coming into the IRO including young minds and this was a good sign.