The Ministry of Education and Youth is seeking to rally the faith-based community in its drive to stamp out anti-social behaviours in schools.

Minister of Education Fayval Williams says she believes that the church can be a powerful ally to affect a change in behaviour.

She says therefore the ministry is seeking the support of the church community in partnering with it to implement character education programmes in schools and the wider society.

According to the minister, the objective is to produce well-adjusted students with strong moral codes and ethics, who have respect for themselves and others, to guide the country’s future.

Mrs. Williams was addressing congregants at the Andrews Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church on Hope Road, St. Andrew on yesterday.

She noted that partnership between church and State remains an important connection in ensuring lasting peace in the society.

The education minister said that churches in Jamaica, have long played a significant role in the development of the country’s education system, in social outreach programmes, and in shaping the character of the people.