- 08 December, 2016:
Women have a big role to play in the development of Mauritius and their contribution to the economy is significant, said the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, Mrs Fazila Jeewa-Daureeawoo, today in Pointe aux Piments.
The Minister was addressing some 200 trainees who were presented certificates during a National Award Ceremony held at the Lady Sushil Ramgoolam Recreation Centre in the presence of other personalities.
The event was also marked by a fashion show to showcase the trainees’ talent and skills that they have acquired following their successful completion of training courses in dressmaking, jewellery and craft-making. The courses were held in different Social Welfare Centres (SWCs) around the country.
In her speech, Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo highlighted the need for aspiring entrepreneurs to consider legal and financial aspects before starting a business as a lot of entrepreneurs are not able to gauge the aftermath effects of a failure in business. She thus appealed to aspiring entrepreneurs to opt for small scale loans which can be easily paid off in case of business failure.
Moreover, the Minister emphasised the importance for Social Welfare and Community Centres to be more disability-friendly so as to encourage a greater number of disabled persons take up training in various courses and later, become entrepreneurs themselves. The continuous support of the public and private sectors and other non-governmental organisations is essential in that endeavour, Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo added.
It is recalled that the 57 SWCs, set up under the Social Welfare Centres’ Act 1961, have as objectives to further health, advance education, and provide facilities for training as well as for social, moral and intellectual development.
SWCs’ Intervention pillars include: sensitisation programmes on various social and health related issues (substance abuse, consumer’s protection right, values, and healthy lifestyle); vocational Skills (training in about dressmaking courses and computer literacy programmes); and, income-generating activities (Regional and National Sales Exhibition, and Foire Artisanales).
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