- 02 October, 2017:
A capacity training programme aiming to train newly recruited child mentors to support and guide children aged between 10 to 16 years old with mild behavioural problems opened today at Sir Harilal Vaghjee Memorial Hall, in Port Louis in presence of the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo.
In her address, the Minister highlighted that Government, the family and the school are three essential institutions that are imperative for the development of the child. The Government, she emphasised, is acting as a facilitator in providing programmes and policies to cater for children with behavioural problems.
As regards the newly recruited child mentors, she pointed out that they are called upon to take the lead in supporting these children with difficulties through an ongoing one-to-one relationship, within their family. The child mentors must serve as a role model and they must be encouraging and caring vis-à-vis children with mild behavioural problems in a non-judgmental manner, she said.
The Minister underscored that the erosion of values in the modern society is negatively impacting on children and this calls for special attention towards them so that we can ensure they become responsible citizens.
Discipline, perseverance, rigour and patience are the key ethical codes for this demanding job, the Minister outlined. She urged the mentors to take this challenging task to inculcate the essential values and foster a sporting and hygienic culture in these children so as to enable them maximise their potential.
This initiative of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, has as objectives to coach child mentors with appropriate knowledge and technical expertise so as to empower children with mild behavioural problems to develop positive academic, career and personal ambitions as well as to help them set goals and work towards accomplishing them.
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