PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO presented a cheque for USD 26,000.00 to the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC) to fund their “Women in Equality Empowerment Program (WEEP)”.
The project is aimed at providing opportunities for Saint Lucia’s women, through a comprehensive training and job placement model, to access quality training programmes leading to decent jobs.
Funding for this exciting project (USD 26,000.000), has been secured under the UNESCO Participation Programme request, 2014-2015 biennium, and is in keeping with UNESCO’s 2014-2021 Strategic Priority of “providing an enabling environment for women from all walks of life, to contribute to and enjoy the benefits of sustainable development and peace.
UNESCO also commits itself to ensuring that the Organisation’s contributions to peace and sustainable development have a positive and lasting impact on the achievement of women’s empowerment and GENDER EQUALITY around the globe”.
The official presentation ceremony took place at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour on Thursday, 2nd October 2014. The amount of USD 26,000.000 was handed over to the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC) by the Honourable Dr. Robert Lewis – Minster for Education, HRD and Labour and Chairperson of the Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO.
The National Commission is pleased to contribute to these development initiatives that help to create an environment conducive to poverty alleviation which – by capitalising on the skills and capacities of the poor themselves – are aimed at helping them to devise their own strategies to rise out of poverty. As such, we are excited about the impact of this, and other such development programmes and projects on the people of Saint Lucia.