A National Youth Empowerment Seminar culminates activities marking the 2011 Junior Cooperative Week

 

Several Secondary school students gathered at the Dominica Public Service Union Building on Valley Road Roseau, when the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs in collaboration with the Cooperative Division held the official opening ceremony of a National Youth Empowerment Seminar on Thursday January 27th, 2011.

 

The seminar which forms part of activities marking Junior Cooperative Week which is being celebrated this week, is geared at equipping participants with the basic understanding of cooperative business operations, promoting the establishment of Junior Cooperatives in Secondary Schools in Dominica and training participants in basic record keeping for the school savings programme.

 

Cooperative Training Officer and Coordinator of the Junior Cooperative Week activities Rennick Toussaint said that one of their main aims is to implement the programme in all Primary and Secondary schools on the island.

 

Apart from receiving training the student’s were also educated on a number of topics such as cooperative principles and philosophies, financial and business management and parliamentary proceedings.

 

President of the Dominica National Youth Council Delroy Williams, who was also present at this morning’s ceremony, says he is pleased to see that the youth are contributing to the socio-economic development of the country.

 

The Dominica Cooperative Movement presented plaques of appreciation to the St. Mary’s and the St. Martin’s Primary Schools for being the most successful school saving union.

 

The North Eastern Comprehensive Secondary School was also awarded as the winner of the Junior Cooperative Week Quiz Competition while Caryl Fountaine of the Goodwill Primary School and Isabella Prentice of the Convent High School were recognized for their long and dedicated service to their school’s saving programmes.

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