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Adult Education tutors told to motivate their students

The following is the address delivered by Ms Joy Creese, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development at the Adult Education Tutors’ Meeting at the Tunapuna Community Centre today, Friday January 18, 2013. Adult Education classes begin on Monday January 21, 2013.

All protocols observed.

Good Morning.
I am quite pleased to be a part of the orientation exercise today for Tutors of the 2013 edition of the Adult Education Programme.
The Honourable Winston “Gypsy” Peters Minister of Community Development is unable to attend today’s session because of other Government business and has asked me to address you on his behalf.

The Adult Education Programme as we all will agree is a very popular programme of the Ministry of Community Development. Since the start of the year, people have been contacting our head office and district offices to find out when the courses will begin. I am therefore particularly happy that the classes – which are free to the public, will commence on Monday January 21, 2013 and will end on September 30, 2013.

I wish to take some time to remind you – our Tutors of some of the goals and objectives of our Ministry, so that you can continue to align your interactions with our trainees with these during your class sessions.
At the Ministry of Community Development, our mission is “To lead in the development of resilient communities by stimulating human and social capital through collaboration and the provision of innovative programmes, projects and services.”

I am sure therefore that the money we have invested in this year’s programme will ensure that we achieve our objective of, among other things, ensuring that residents in communities can gain skills in marketable, home-based production of goods and services for employment and an improved standard of living.

These programmes are truly a people-centred will have a direct impact on both poverty alleviation and crime prevention in one way or the other.
I am told that courses include: literacy and numeracy, tailoring, garment construction, pvc furniture, mixed craft, bread and pastries, plumbing and electrical, and beauty culture, to name a few.

It is therefore evident that at the Ministry of Community Development, we are committed to people-centred development through lifelong learning and skills development. Our Ministry also works to ensure that every citizen – (adults 15 years and over – male and female) can have access to these skills.

Last Monday I had the opportunity to witness the formal opening of the Golconda Community Centre and as the Ministry continues to make these facilities available for host these classes and classes for our Community Education (Skills) Programme (CEP).
Our community centres have been outfitted with computer rooms, classrooms and well-equipped instructional kitchens so I know that this year’s participants will have classes in increased comfort.

To this end, I wish to remind you that you have a duty to ensure that the participants of this year’s programme remain fully engaged, that their willingness and ability to learn is nurtured so that they will all remain in these classes until the programme ends in September.
I also want to ask that you help them to embrace and make full use of this opportunity as you impart your knowledge and experiences.

Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the Hon. Winston Peter, minister of Community Development I wish to convey the Ministry’s appreciation for your support and commitment towards the Adult Education Programme. I also wish to extend best Wishes for health, prosperity and success for 2013 and beyond.

Thank you and may God bless us all.

Caption One: Acting PS, Ms Joy Creese delivers the feature address on behalf of the Honourable Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters, Minister of Community Development.

Caption Two: Some of the tutors who attended the meeting.

CREDITS: Photos courtesy the Ministry's Communication Unit

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