Programme to keep youths occupied launched in Sophia

The first Rapid Impact Project (RIP) under the Community Action Component of the Citizens Security Programme (CSP) was commissioned at the Pattensen Multi-purpose Centre in B Field Sophia last Friday.

A news release from the Government Information Agency (GINA) said that almost $1M was expended by government to modify the multi-purpose centre and equip it as part of government’s focus to ensure that youths countrywide are afforded the necessary opportunities that would aid their development.

GINA reported that an office area has been rehabilitated and equipped with computers and furniture, a mini library has been set up, and multi-media devices such as a television and DVD player, gym, games and sporting equipment installed. More youths would benefit shortly as more RIPS will soon be commissioned in Sections A, B and C, Sophia.

CSP’s Community Action Specialist, Rosanne Purnwasie said that the aim of the project is providing an equipped space in which the residents, particularly youths, can learn and become involved in meaningful activities, GINA reported.

Minster of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee urged the youths to make full use of the facilities for their self-development. GINA said that it is anticipated that the facility will have a positive impact on the youths and will go “a far way in removing some of the stigma attached to the community.”

“The equipment is already being put to good use as persons are taking the first step to make positive changes in their lives,” GINA said.

The release said that recently, under the life skills and vocational training that falls under the Community Action Component, 36 youths were trained in various disciplines.

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