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Community Development Ministry to host seminar on moderan practices

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh at the Social Investment Fair hosted by the St. George East Branch Association of Village and Community Councils at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya on Wednesday Jun 15, 2011.

All protocols observed.

As Minister of Community Development, it gives me great pleasure to be here with all of you. I know that at least 44 out of 65 villages and communities of the St. George East Branch Association are represented here today by their Councils.
I want to pay special tribute to persons who came from far and wide to attend this Fair.
Our North Coast family are with us this morning: from Maracas, and Blanchisuesse.
From the East, the men and women of Valencia, Bamboo Village, Valsayn, and Maracas/St. Joseph are here.
These acknowledgements would not be complete without recognising the people of Brasso Seco, Caparo, Talparo, and Oropune.
I applaud your efforts and hold you up as shining examples for others to follow. Mind you, you are the flag bearers here today.
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St. George East district hosts Social Investment Fair

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The St. George East Branch Association of Village and Community Councils will host its Social Investment Fair on Wednesday June 15, 2011 at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya under the theme “Spaces of Social and Economic Change.” Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will attend and deliver the feature address.

Over 40 Village Councils from areas including Blanchisuesse, Valencia, Talparo and St. Joseph will showcase and seek investment for programmes in the fields of agriculture, tourism or professional development. These are all aimed at creating positive social and economic change.

Potential donors include the Ministry of Community Development, the United Nations Development Programme, the Global Environment Facility and the GEF Small Grants Programme.

The Village Councils in St. George East all fall under the purview of the Community Development Division of the Ministry of Community Development.

Photo caption one: Participants in St. George East Branch Association Capacity Development Programme
Caption two: The Association’s President Ms. Monica Ferguson, with Mr. Edo Stork, UN Deputy Resident Representative

CREDITS: Information sourced from St. George East district office
Photos courtesy the St. George East Branch Association of Village and Community Councils

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Ministry of Community Development welcomes 17 Trainees

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On Monday June 13, 2011, the Ministry of Community Development welcomed seventeen young persons to its Annual Short Term Employment (Internship) Programme for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. The 17 students were inducted at the Ministry’s head office on Jerningham Avenue Belmont yesterday. The Internship Programme hosted by the Ministry will run from June 13th to September 12, 2011.

The main objective of the Programme is to expose the participants to practical on the job experience as they explore the world of work in particular areas of interest, related to their particular course of study. During the period, the students will also be able to develop essential skills and competencies while having the opportunity to apply their academic learning in a real work environment.

Some of the areas which students will be exposed to are: Human Resources, Legal Services, Information Technology and Planning, as well as the day to day operations at the Community Development District offices of Caroni, St George East and West, Victoria and St. Patrick; just to name a few. In her welcome address at the orientation yesterday, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Community Development, Mrs. Margaret Farray encouraged the students to take full advantage of the opportunity for experience being afforded them during the next three months.
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Minister Baksh to open new community centre in Marac, Moruga

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A new community centre will be opened in Marac, Moruga very soon, Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, has said. Minister Baksh expects to formally commission the new facility, which will serve the community of Marac and environs, in a matter of weeks.

Amenities available at the new facility include:

• An Auditorium that can hold up to (175) persons
• A Training Kitchen (for use in courses for culinary arts)
• A Computer Room for computer literacy classes
• A Classroom
• A Gymnasium
• Dressing Rooms; and
• Wash Rooms
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Pacific Lutheran University executives to visit Trinidad and Tobago

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Three executives from the Pacific Lutheran University in the United States, including its Vice President, Karl Stumo will arrive in Trinidad this evening, as part of its annual “Study Abroad” Programme being conducted in partnership with The University of the West Indies. Stumo, along with Professor, Dr. Barbara Temple-Thurston, Director of Pacific Lutheran’s Gateway Programme in TnT and Bursar, Erica Borell will be in the country until June 14, 2011.

They will meet with Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Permanent Secretary Margaret Farray and other Ministry officials at the Ministry’s Head Office on Jerningham Avenue, Port of Spain from 3:00 pm tomorrow, June 8, 2011.

Seventeen years ago, Pacific Lutheran University, in partnership with the University of the West Indies, decided to have a “Study-Abroad” Programme for their students. Fourteen to twenty students from the Pacific Lutheran University come to Trinidad and complete courses at the University of the West Indies which would earn them 18 credits towards their Undergraduate Degree. The curriculum not only includes academic studies but also community work, including opportunities to learn and exchange ideas about our culture. This is emphasized via visits to cultural and religious sites such as Mosques, Temples and Churches.