- 14 December, 2017:
A series of activities were organised yesterday at the Wooton Social Welfare Cum Resource Centre (SWCRC) in the context of the 70th
anniversary of the Social Welfare Division and Wooton’s SWCRC 8th
anniversary. The Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, were present on the occasion.
The following activities were held: inauguration of a petanque court and a vintage mini museum; unveiling of a commemorative anniversary stele and a family values tree; distribution of medical equipments; award of certificates to trainees; and a prize giving ceremony for youth tournaments and culinary exhibition.
In her address, Minister Jadoo-Jaunbocus underlined that Social Welfare Centres (SWCs) cater for an individual in order to enable him/her develop the right aptitudes, skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage his/her own life situation and to become a responsible individual and citizen. SWCs, she highlighted provide capacity building programmes such as computer literacy, training course in home economics, dressmaking and crafts, among others.
She called for the solidarity of community residents to promote the welfare of the community by participating in the various activities organised by SWCs, to propose ideas, to be creative and adopt innovative practices to keep pace with the ongoing technological revolution and help in combating social evils such as drugs, violence, anddomestic violence. She urged the community residents to instill better moral values in youngsters who will be the future generations and contribute to the progress of the country.
For his part, Minister Stephan Toussaint pointed out that the objectives of SWCs are among others to cater for the well-being, advance education, provide facilities for mental and physical training and for social, moral and intellectual development towards the community. SWCs, he addedwere set up to address social problems like illiteracy, alcoholism,and malnutrition, and nowthey have to deal with a new set of social problems like substance abuse, domestic violence, suicide and crime.
The activities organised by the SWCs, he said target different age groups including children, youth, men, women, persons with disabilities, elder persons, families and other vulnerable groups. He thus made an appeal to community residents and especially the youth to take advantage of the different activities provided by SWCs and to inculcate the living values and adopt healthy habits by practising sports and physical exercises.
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