Contact: Julita Peter
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 The Minister for Social Transformation, Youth and Sports Honourable Lenard Montoute is excited about the prospects of a Community After School Programme, which was launched in the community of Faux- A-Chaud on Sunday August 16th. The programme was conceptualized by the Ministry with the aim of addressing the several social problems confronting communities.
Mr. Montoute said his ministry is deeply honoured to partner with the Organization of American States and other key Stakeholders in initiating and implementing the programme, which he explained is an opportunity for children to step out of the classroom, and participate in sports, performing and visual arts, and other developmental activities.
The programme must be seen as the platform for active learning within a fun environment. I am of the strong belief that the outcome will be impressive and that the impacts of the programme will be power full and far reaching, Mr. Montoute added.
Saint Lucian youths represent a significant group, accounting for over seventy percent of the population. A fact, which Minister Montoute says must be considered in the National Development Plan. Mr. Montoute believes that the Community After School programme will compliment the education sector in a very dynamic way, as it balances academics with skills training.
The Ministry of Social Transformation, Youth and Sports, sees this programme as a new educational environment that will not only equip our children with foundational knowledge but also develop in them skills and values that will allow them to maximize their true potential and prepare them for the globalized environment, Mr. Montoute noted.
The Community After School Programme will run for a period of two years in the first phase and will target one hundred and sixty participants from the communities of Faux- A-Chaud, La Maz Choiseul, Mon- Repos and Monchy.
The programme will be coordinated by the Community Services Unit of the Ministry of Social Transformation, Youth and Sports.
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