- 30 November, 2017:
Under the one off cash grant scheme, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, handed over yesterday in Port Louis cheques to 10 Child Day Care Centres (CDCCs) in disadvantaged areas that need to upgrade their standards. The CDCCs received their first disbursement of 50% of the Rs 200 000 that they are eligible for.
In her address Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus recalled that the scheme aims to ensure that there is a minimum standard in delivery of service and that all CDCCs in operation in Mauritius are compliant with the norms and requirements of the Child Protection Act 1994 (Regulations 2000). This scheme, she said, will be beneficial to children aged between three months to three years coming from families with limited income to grow in a healthy environment and will take on board their development and protective needs.
Addressing the representatives of CDCCs present, the Minister urged them to provide adequate hygiene and safe child minding services so as to increase the chances of the children to better develop themselves in a conducive and safe environment.
She pointed out that, in line with the Ministry’s mission to empower women, CDDCs which provide child care facilities beyond the hours of operation, allow more and more women to go to work and engage themselves in remunerative jobs.
The one off cash grant scheme project was implemented by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in 2013 and was transferred to the National Children’s Council in March 2015.
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