Dr. Larry Palmer toured the fa­cil­ity on be­half of donor agency USAID

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

U.S. Am­bas­sador to Bar­ba­dos, the East­ern Caribbean and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of East­ern Caribbean States (OECS) Dr. Larry Palmer vis­ited the Boys Train­ing Cen­tre (BTC) at Mas­sade, Gros Islet this week.

The ju­ve­nile re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity is a re­cip­i­ent of tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance through the OECS Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Re­form Pro­gramme funded by the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (USAID). This as­sis­tance in­cludes the pro­vi­sion of a range of equip­ment for vo­ca­tional train­ing which to date has been very ben­e­fi­cial for the wards who ex­pressed en­thu­si­asm for the op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise use­ful skills.

Am­bas­sador Palmer, ac­com­pa­nied by a del­e­ga­tion led by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment en­gaged the boys in dis­cus­sion about their ex­pe­ri­ences.

The BTC’s newly es­tab­lished orches­tra also took the op­por­tu­nity to per­form for Am­bas­sador Palmer, uti­liz­ing in­stru­ments re­cently do­nated to the in­sti­tu­tion by the Amy Wine­house Foun­da­tion.

The Am­bass­sador com­mended the wards on their ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent and urged them to con­tinue to de­velop their skills.

The Am­bas­sador also met with BTC star foot­ball player Cher­dam Seraphine who is cur­rently mak­ing waves as a qual­i­fier on a re­gional team sched­uled to par­tic­i­pate in the Dal­las Cup tour­na­ment in the United States in March of this year.

The Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment is proud of the achieve­ments of the Boys Train­ing Cen­tre as gov­ern­ment main­tains the fo­cus on im­prov­ing the so­cial and ju­di­cial sys­tems to bet­ter nur­ture the is­land’s youth as the stew­ards of the fu­ture.

Am­bas­sador Palmer with a del­e­ga­tion led by the

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity

Em­pow­er­ment and BTC staff.

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