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Second batch of Buxton youths completes CAC skills training

Georgetown, GINA, November 15, 2011
Source - GINA

Cakes done by the Cake Decoration and Cosmetology Classes

More and more youths continue to benefit from the service oriented skills training offered by the Ministry of Home Affairs through its Community Action Component (CAC) of its Citizen Security Programme (CSP). The latest batch, of 116, graduated from Buxton, East Coast Demerara.

At a graduation ceremony held at the Friendship Primary School today, the youths hailing from the Buxton/Friendship areas graduated after successfully completing the six-month training programme.

This was the second batch of youths from the community to complete the CAC training, as previously 88 youths graduated in May.

Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee addressing the graduands

Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, member of the CAC Advisory Board, Bishop Juan Edghill and Commander of C Division, Deryck Josiah were among those present at the graduation exercise.

“This is a celebration of accomplishment, a celebration of the way forward,” Minister Rohee told the youths, adding that after this celebration however, comes reality.

“Face this reality, he urged, used your initiative to spot opportunities, grasps those opportunities and apply the marketable skills you have acquired to these opportunities to make yourself prosperous.”

Noting that they have been given a second chance, he urged them to put a high premium on this opportunity.

A graduate collects her certificate from Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee

The trainees’ involvement with and graduation from the training programme are sufficient reasons for the community to be proud, Edghill said, as the youths and community involvement in the programme signal the changing environment of community.

“You that are graduating are defining the new Buxton,” he told he graduates. By so doing, they are saying to others that Buxtonians, despite the challenges are able to rise to the occasion, Edghill noted.

The presence of a functioning CAC body in Buxton also demonstrates that there are leaders in the community who value the community and are prepared to work for its betterment, he said, and for this reason these leaders must be commended.

Buxton/Friendship Community Action Officer, Margaret Barnes said that the community is honoured to be involved in the CAC programme and noted that it has, over the past 12 months, benefited over 200 youths in the community.

Some of the CAC graduates

“We are grateful that the community has been given the opportunity to help young people embark on and develop skills that will empower them for the future, thus making their lives more meaningful,” she said.

Section of graduates of the Buxton/Friendship community

To the trainees, Barnes urged, “ use the skills acquired as a bridge, a window to a better future,” and added that, “ six months has come and gone and each of you would have achieved something, a new skill that will allow you in the future to develop yourself and gain access to a brighter future.”

The trainers should also be satisfied and proud, she said, knowing that they have contributed to shaping the future of those they would have trained.

CAC is part of an endeavour to reduce the spread of violence in communities and focuses on social development programmes for the youths and community members utilising strategies such as skills training to strengthen the youths and general community.

The Ministry of Home Affairs through its CAC offers training in 14 areas including auto mechanic, bakery, cake decoration and electrical installation. The programme to date has trained over 900 youths.
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