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New programme to mentor moms, dads

Friday, January 4, 2013


Single parents are to be encouraged to stay at home and educate themselves for better paying jobs.
So said Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, minister of the people and social development. He was speaking with the T&T Guardian on New Year’s day.
Ramadharsingh said the programme entitled Mentoring our Moms and Dads, will start hitting households as early as February. He said participants will be paid a stipend and will be given the chance to train at home through courses handed to them on DVDs. 
He said a supervisor will asses the course participants twice a week to see how progress was going. Ramadharsingh said the entire programme will take place over a 12-week period. 
He said the target group will be single parents with a large family who are unable to leave their children for extended periods to train or to attend work.
The minister said in the advent after they have completed training and are able to find jobs the ministry may choose to assign a care-giver to look after the children of trainees. Ramadharsingh said this was about empowerment of people so they do not remain stranded in a poverty cycle.
Ramadharsingh said he was looking forward to opening the Centre for Disabled in three months time. He said the $11.5 million structure has been started in Carlsen Field and will be the first to be built by any T&T government since independence. 
Ramadharsingh said similar centres are planned for other districts in T&T.


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