Social Development Ministry hosts awareness session for 5th form students of Bishop’s High School Tobago

Caption: Students and teachers of the Bishop’s High School Tobago pose for a group photo after their session. (Photo courtesy the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services)

February 21, 2017: In keeping with the mandate of “helping…, empowering…, transforming lives,” the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services on Friday February 10, 2017, hosted two (2) fifth-form classes of the Bishop’s High School, Tobago. The visit was part of the students’ knowledge quest to complete their School-Based Assessment requirements.

Permanent Secretary Jacinta Bailey-Sobers and Deputy Permanent Secretary, Haimdath Ramoutar, who represented the Ministry’s Executive, welcomed the students and teachers and provided a brief background into the operations of the Ministry and its mandate as it relates to the programmes and services available to the citizenry. PS Bailey-Sobers also stated that the Ministry was happy to host the students and teachers, and encouraged the students and teachers to visit and connect with the Ministry’s Social Welfare arm which functions in Tobago.  She extended best wishes to the students, for every success in their future endeavours.

Although described by one of the teachers as a hectic but successful day, the visiting students, embarked on this journey as they sought to examine contemporary family life in Trinidad and Tobago as well as the reasons for laws to protect the family in social situations. The National Family Services Division of the Ministry took centre stage in this regard, as Social Workers, Camille Mc Donald, Farisha Mohammed provided the visiting students and teachers with an engaging and interactive presentation on the family. Their presentation focused on:

  • The roles, relationships and responsibilities of adult and sibling members of a Caribbean family;
  • The causes and effects of the changes in the roles of family members in Caribbean society;
  • Strategies for dealing with contemporary social issues that influence Caribbean family life.

A presentation was also made by Ian Rampersad, Attorney and Director of International Law and Human Rights, Ministry of the Attorney General.  In a brief but impacting discourse, Rampersad spoke on the five main Human Rights Conventions to which Trinidad and Tobago is a party to and the important role these Conventions play in protecting and preserving the rights of each Trinidad and Tobago citizen. Speaking from his own experience and knowledge, Rampersad encouraged the students to always aim for success and emphasised that each of them had the right to engender change, as they achieved their goals in life.

The students were also in receipt of information packages which comprised of useful study notes on the topics that were discussed. These were provided by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services and the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services was pleased to collaborate with both the Ministry of the Attorney General as well as the Children’s Authority, to host the students and teachers of the Bishop’s High School, Tobago. 

 

Students and teachers of the Bishop’s High School Tobago pose for a group photo after their session.

 

Farisha Mohammed (left) and Camille Mc Donald (right) National Family Services Social Workers speaking to students during their presentation to the students and teachers of the Bishop’s High School Tobago.

 

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For further information please contact:

The Communications Unit

Ministry of Social Development and Family Services

868-623-2608 Ext 5405/5432                                                                         

 

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