GIS – July 16, 2013: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of a Junior Life Skills Education programme targeting some 3200 needy youngsters living in pockets of poverty across the country was signed yesterday afternoon by the National Empowerment Foundation (NEF) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Port Louis.
The objective of the project is to inculcate teenagers aged between 12 to 18 years, a life skills programmme over a period of 3 months. The programme to be funded to the tune of approximately Rs 2.2 million by the NEF through the Corporate Social Responsibility funds, is a non-formal type of education which aims at equipping young people from vulnerable families having a monthly family income not exceeding Rs 6,200, with information and skills to help them face the challenges of daily living.
The training will cover ten modules and will be delivered by the youth cadres of the Life Skills section of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. It will be held in the 24 Youth Centres or other locations identified by the NEF around the island.
In his address during the signing ceremony, the Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Mr Surendra Dayal, emphasised the need to inculcate in the teenagers the right education so as to help them integrate mainstream society. According to him, Life Skills will help the young people navigate through the challenges of everyday life as well as enable them to develop into healthy, responsible, and productive adults.
Mr Dayal added that teenagers are often exposed to a number of issues and challenges such as, teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse, alcoholism, cigarette, unemployment, and to help them overcome these difficulties the earlier they are offered the Life Skills education programme, the better it is.
According to UN agencies, Life Skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. In particular, life skills are a group of psychosocial competencies and interpersonal skills that help people make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, empathise with others, and cope with and manage their lives in a healthy and productive manner.
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