The National Youth Council (NYC) in collaboration with the Department of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, this morning donated school materials to a dozen non-governmental organizations in Port Louis (NGO). These materials will be distributed to around 3,000 needy children from the vulnerable segment of society in 12 different regions of the island.
A symbolic handing-over ceremony thus took place at the headquarters of the Ministry in the presence of the Minister for the Promotion of Youth, Sports and Leisure, Mr. Jean Christophe Stephan Toussaint.
In his speech, the Minister welcomed this initiative, which aims to help vulnerable and destitute children to have access to school materials. It is in line with the government’s philosophy of giving every child equal opportunities to access education, he said.
Education remains a requirement for every child and is the backbone of success in an individual’s life, he added.
For her part, NYC President Ms. Diksha Ramdonee encouraged NGOs to work with the NYC to develop more programs for the well-being of young people. In addition, she stressed that the distribution of school materials aims to support and empower these vulnerable children so that they can integrate into society in general.
As for NGO representatives, they pointed out that many such collaborative initiatives between their organizations, the NYC and the ministry to promote youth empowerment, are underway. The aim, they stressed, is to provide more programs aimed at helping vulnerable children in society.
The National Youth Council, which operates under the aegis of the Department of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, was established under the New York City Act of 1998 to serve as a bridge between the government and youth. It grants affiliation to national youth organizations and also acts as an advisory board to the minister on the design and implementation of programs aimed at integrating young people into all sectors of national development.