Two hundred and fifteen participants of the “Single Mothers in Life Skills” (SMILES) project graduated on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at a ceremony held at the National Cultural Centre.
The single mothers, who benefited from months of training in life, technical and vocational skills, were presented with awards in special categories, as well as vocational qualification certificates.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony attended the graduation ceremony on Tuesday and congratulated the single mothers on their achievement. In his remarks, Dr. Anthony encouraged the graduates to use their experiences in the programe to help raise better children and to seek new opportunities for their personal development.
He told the graduates, “Today, you are helping your children understand success by being a success for yourself. You are on the right course by starting through this programme. This programme could not provide you with everything you need to know in life. However, it’s helping you to get to where you want to be.
“I urge you once more to be positive with your children. It is said that it takes seven positives to outweigh one negative. Build up your children to be self-confident. Build that self-confidence by example. Provide inspiration. Promote aspiration. It is not whether you are a single mom that will determine your son or daughter’s future. It is your attitude that will. Now that you’ve been through SMILES, begin putting smiles on their faces.”
The prime minister thanked all who assisted in mentoring, teaching, training and developing the mothers during their enrollment in the programme.
“SMILES” was announced by the prime minister in the 2012/2013 Budget Address and was executed by the National Skills Development Centre.