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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit
Reports
Date:  1/21/2011 
-Children’s Legislation and the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
*The Children’s Authority Amendment Bill and the Children’s Community Residences, Foster Homes and Nurseries Bill form part of a comprehensive Package of Children’s Legislation for the care and protection of the children in Trinidad and Tobago.

-Community Mediation Services
*The nation’s children have also been able to benefit from the establishment of Community Mediation Services. This service provides an alternative to litigation as attempts are made to resolve conflicts in the society. Parental Support Groups, the formation of which is encouraged by the Community Mediation Programme, aim at improving familial relationships by providing a mechanism to enhance the capacity of parents to manage difficult child relations.

-Children’s Homes
*The Ministry of the People and Social Development remains committed to strengthening relationships with the institutions that work with children. As at the end of fiscal 2007/2008, the Ministry of the People and Social Development was committed to disbursing annual subventions to fourteen (14) Children’s Homes and four (4) Homes that provide services in Family Life and Counselling.

-Social Services Delivery System
*These are intended to facilitate early intervention and improved access to social services, reduce time, and improve the overall experience of clients (including children) seeking social services
Paragraphs: 19 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Date:  1/21/2011 
Youth Employment – Trinidad and Tobago seeks to eliminate youth unemployment through the various initiatives outlined below:

-Job placement and career counselling services

-Youth Entrepreneurship Success (YES) programme
*The Youth Entrepreneurship Success (YES) programme targets young persons between the ages 18-30 and seeks to encourage an entrepreneurial culture through lifestyle and business training.

-Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP)
*YTEPP is an intervention strategy aimed at addressing the issue of escalating unemployment, particularly among young persons between the ages of 15 and 25. YTEPP Limited offers over 80 vocational courses in 12 occupational areas.

-On the Job Training Programme (OJT)
*Under the purview of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, this programme is designed to provide young persons with the opportunity to acquire work experience in order to develop the necessary skills and attitudes for their entry or re-entry into the world of work.

-Youth Rise project
*The project aims at providing “at risk” young persons with viable options to support business start up and growth for self-employment and self actualization.

Youth Education
The following programmes exist to harness the objective of youth education:

-Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

-Curriculum Development

-Modernisation and Development of a New Secondary School Curriculum

-Secondary Schools Programme

-Student Support Services

-Scholarship Programme

-Establishment of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT)
*The UTT was established and legally incorporated in September 2004.

-National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST)

-The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

-The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses Programme (GATE)

(For more information, please refer to pages 13-17 of Trinidad and Tobago's National Report)
Paragraphs: 39 Paragraphs VII Summit: -

Related Resources
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO- NATIONAL REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MANDATES OUTLINED IN THE DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT OF PORT OF SPAIN