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Community Education Programme to expand

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The Community Education (Skills Training) Programme of the Ministry of Community Development is expected to get a boost in 2012 when the Adult Education portfolio is added to the Ministry from October 1, 2011. So said Director of Community Development, Ms Susan Corbett in her feature address to over 1,000 graduates of the CEP programme in Caroni at the Chaguanas North Government Secondary School yesterday (August 18, 2011).

She also encouraged graduates to continue upgrading their skills and using what they learned over the past five months to start small businesses. Earlier, in an overview of the programme, Training Officer, Omadaye Beesan announced that more than 9,000 persons had graduated from the CEP Programme this year and that 259 tutors were employed.

Graduates in Caroni received certificates for completion of courses in several areas including:

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Ministry of Community Development empowers thousands of nationals with new skills

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Caption: Foot Pavers which were completed by the landscaping class in the District of Nariva/Mayaro

The Community Education (Skills) Programme, CEP which is managed by the Community Development Division of the Ministry of Community Development, continues to empower and change the lives of thousands of persons nationwide. The CEP Programme which commenced in March 2011, ran for approximately 25 weeks and has motivated, educated and equipped thousands of nationals with new skills for their personal and professional development, while offering them opportunities for gainful employment. Courses offered included:
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Over 800 graduate from Community Education (Skills) Programme in St Andrew/St David County

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Photo Caption: Minister Baksh tries on a hat which was made by a graduate of the African Garments CEP Class, 2011.

The County of St Andrew/St David hosted its Graduation Ceremony for over 800 graduates today, at the Guaico Government Secondary. Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, delivered the feature address and encouraged graduates to become entrepreneurs. The Minister told the graduates that the Ministry believed in them so once they believed in themselves, they can achieve their dreams of becoming small business owners. The Minister also indicated that the Government invested approximately $2.2 million for the Community Education Skills Programme (CEP) for 2011. He also said that the Programme will be monitored and evaluated via a tracer study, to determine the impact on employment, crime and poverty alleviation.

The speech verbatim is as follows:
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New dates for Best Village finals

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On the occasion of the 49th Anniversary of the Nation’s Independence, the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition celebrates its 48th Anniversary with a programme consisting of a variety of our cultural expressions that promotes pride and confidence in the indigenous traditions of our Nation.

The first edition of this new formatted Best Village “Independence Folk Festival” takes place from August 26 at the Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook, then on August 27 to September 2, 2011 at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) and September 3 at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah.

It opens on Friday August, 26 at 6:00 p.m. with Folk Literature Groups competing in Poetry, Short Story, Folk Characters, Ceremonies and Customs, Festivals and Stories of Historical Significance and Carnival Characters.

The culturally exciting category “La Reine Rive” comes to life on Saturday August, 27 at 7:30 p.m. when twenty (20) Village Belles will showcase their performing talents and express themselves with information about the village they represent. On the same night the Independence celebrations will be highlighted when seven (7) choirs and six (6) dance groups compete for the Best National/Patriotic Song and Dance trophies. Tribute will be paid to the former hostess of the Show, the late Allyson Hennessy.
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Minister Baksh gets courtesy call from La Reine Rive finalists

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Fourteen of the 20 La Reine Rive finalists of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition, paid a courtesy call on Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh at the Ministry of Community Development’s Head Office on Jerningham Avenue this morning.

Their visit was part of preparations for the upcoming finals in the categories of Talent and Self Expression at the National Academy for the Performing Arts on Saturday August 27, 2011 from 7:30 pm. They will then parade in evening wear at Le Grand Z’Affaire on Saturday September 3, 2011 also from 7:30 pm.

Caption: Minister Baksh with La Reine Rive finalists during their courtesy call at the Ministry of Community Development on Jerningham Avenue, Queen’s Park East on Monday August 15, 2011.

CREDITS: Information sourced from the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition
Photo courtesy the Ministry’s Communications Unit