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Community Development Ministry refurbishes four regional complexes

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As part of the Community Development Ministry’s ongoing drive to build more resilient communities, the refurbishment of four Regional Complexes has commenced.
These are:

• Barrackpore Regional Complex - 20 percent complete

• Esperance Regional Complex – 35 percent complete

• Mon Repos Regional Complex – 95 percent complete

• Warrenville Regional Complex – 37 percent complete

Phase one of the refurbishment on the Lopinot Community Centre has also been completed and 17 more have been earmarked for refurbishment in the near future.
These include:

-Caroni Community Centre
-Hermitage Community Centre
-Macaulay Community Centre
-Marabella Community Centre
-Springvale Community Centre
-Woodland Community Centre
-St. Augustine Regional Complex

Caption: front row (from left), Christendath Harry, Advisor to the Minister; Margaret Farray, Permanent Secretary; the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development; Surujdeo Mangaroo, chairman of the Board of the National Commission for Self-Help Limited; Deodath Rampersad, Community Development Supervisor; Susan Corbett, Community Development Director and Junior Gittens, Project Director during a visit to the Barrackpore Regional Complex in January this year.

CREDITS: Information sourced from monthly statement of the Ministry’s Project Unit Division
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development

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Minister Baksh to address Women’s Federation awards ceremony

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Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will deliver the feature address at a luncheon and awards function to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Trinidad and Tobago Federation of Women’s Institutes. The event takes place at the Thick Village Community Centre, Siparia Road, Fyzabad this Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 10:00 am.

The Trinidad and Tobago Federation of Women’s Institutes was first formed in 1946, with 37 member organizations. Its motto was “Each One Teach One, Better Homes, Better Village.” The first institute focused on a variety of activities including:

• Lectures on health care
• Home management
• The effects of the second World War on the colony
• Umbrella covering
• Caning of chairs etc
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New Online Programme launched at Lok Jack GSB

Small and Medium Business proprietors can now look forward to a degree that takes into consideration their needs for timing and flexibility, as the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business recently launched its newest and first online degree-the Master of Small and Medium Enterprise Management. The launch took place at the School’s Mt. Hope Campus on Monday 11th July 2011 and featured the Executive Director and Professor of Strategy at the Lok Jack GSB, Professor Miguel Carrillo (right).

The Master of Small and Medium Enterprise Management (MSMEM) is an online degree with Face to Face support, targeting corporations usually employing from 5 to 100 employees; first and second generation small business owners; and
young adults thinking about starting up a new business.

As Trinidad and Tobago continues its diversification thrust through the development of new and alternative sectors of the economy, the Lok Jack GSB has recognised that there is the need to develop complementary training and development programmes which can build new capabilities, skills and knowledge for the new sectors with specific relevance to small and medium enterprises which are main economic players in the local economy. Thus the need for this new programme, since as is the case with large businesses, Small and Medium Enterprises also need to cover all the necessary business functions while facing equally complex challenges as large corporations.

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Community Development Ministry’s services showcased at financial expo

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The various services and programmes of the Ministry of Community Development were highlighted at the Central Bank’s financial exposition entitled “Managing Your Future,” at Saith Park in Chaguanas on Saturday July 9, 2011.

All of the Ministry’s work, including programmes run by the Community Development Division, the National Commission for Self Help Limited, the Geriatric Adolescent Partnership Programme, the Community Development Fund, the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition and the Handicraft Unit, were well received by all who visited the three booths during the exposition seeking information. Items with the Ministry’s name including pens, pencils, notepads and key rings with flashlights were also given out to visitors of the booth.

The other organizations which offered information at the expo included:
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Minister Baksh to attend Indentureship play in Penal

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The Artistic Cultural Theatre will host a special performance of the play entitled “Mere Dost” at the Penal Community Centre this Sunday July 10, 2011 from 6:00 pm. Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh is expected to attend.

“Mere Dost,” which means “My Friend” is a capsule presentation reliving the experiences of Indentureship, as revealed through the recollections of three survivors. It is based on historical facts and information handed down by ancestors and seeks to highlight the bonding among our early inhabitants, primarily the Africans, Indians and Muslims that contributed towards our unique society of multi-cultural tolerance.

The play is written and directed by Mr. Walid Baksh, Director of the Artistic Cultural Theatre. David Sammy and Hubert Ramlal, who have both won National Acting Awards in the past, are the lead actors in the presentation.

This is the third presentation of “Mere Dost.” The first performance was held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts to commemorate Indian Arrival Day by the National Muslim Women’s Organization of Trinidad and Tobago and the second was held on June 19, 2011 in Rio Claro.

Caption: The Honourable Nizam Baksh (right), chats with Walid Baksh, Director of the Artistic Cultural Theatre (left), while the Minister’s wife Latiffa Baksh (centre) looks on, following a presentation of “Mere Dost” at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, NAPA as part of the Indian Arrival Day celebrations by the National Muslim Women’s Organization of Trinidad and Tobago.

CREDITS: Information sourced from the Artistic Cultural Theatre
Photo courtesy the Ministry’s Communications Unit