GIS– 25 November, 2016: Inmates of the Rehabilitation Youth Centre (RYC) who participated in the ‘RYC Sports Based Programme’ were handed over certificates yesterday at the Beau Bassin Sports Complex. Girls who followed training on life skills received certificates and participants in Weightlifting, Judo, taekwondo and Boxing were rewarded with medals.
On that occasion, sports equipment were also donated to shelters of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, in the presence of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Y. Sawmynaden, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs A. Perraud and the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, Mrs F. Jeewa-Daureeawoo.
Mr Y. Sawmynaden expressed satisfaction with regards the success of the first ‘RYC Sports Based Programme’ and the good results obtained since the launching of the Programme in May 2016, with the coaching of experienced professionals. He underlined that the youth in the RYC have the same rights as any other youth as far as access to sports facilities is concerned.
The good discipline and sense of responsibility displayed by the inmates show that the Programme is a success, the Minister of Youth and Sports observed, and this bears testimony that all stakeholders are on the right path. Some of the inmates form part of the Weightlifting National Team and will represent Mauritius in the Indian Ocean Island Games 2019. He congratulated the youth for their efforts and encouraged them to continue on the same path so as to achieve their goals.
For her part, Mrs A. Perraud praised the teamwork between officers of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the coaches and the youth who followed the training with all seriousness. She stressed that the inmates of RYC must make necessary efforts to prepare their future.
The youth are our pride and future and it is important to monitor them so as to become responsible citizens, Mrs Jeewa-Daureeawoo said. She lauded the good work of the coaches and urged the youth to believe in their potential to enhance their lives. As education is essential for the youth to succeed, necessary arrangement will be made for additional teachers to be available at the RYC, the Minister added.
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