Tai­wanese Youth Am­bas­sadors In­ter­ested in So­cial Pro­tec­tion in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Dur­ing an an­nual visit to Saint Lu­cia, Tai­wanese Youth Am­bas­sadors in­ter­acted with the Min­is­ter and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment, Har­ald Dal­san. The del­e­ga­tion was ac­com­pa­nied by His Ex­cel­lency James Chang, Am­bas­sador of the Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan) to Saint Lu­cia.

One youth am­bas­sador ma­jor­ing in Civic Ed­u­ca­tion in Tai­wan, took the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of shar­ing her knowl­edge and skills for the bet­ter­ment of the vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in Saint Lu­cia. Tai­wanese Youth Am­bas­sador Mil­lie said: “So­cial Pro­tec­tion and So­cial Safety are all in my field of study. As an un­der­grad­u­ate, our depart­ment al­ways teaches us to have a com­pas­sion­ate heart. So I am won­der­ing whether there are any op­por­tu­ni­ties for us to share our ex­per­tise with our is­land friend Saint Lu­cia, ei­ther as vol­un­teers dur­ing our pe­riod of study, or to be en­gaged with job op­por­tu­ni­ties once we grad­u­ate.”

Her in­quiry was met with marked en­thu­si­asm by Min­is­ter Dal­san: “So­cial work in small de­vel­op­ing coun­tries like ours is al­ways very im­por­tant and also very nec­es­sary and so, some­body like you who is study­ing to be an ex­pert in that field, we will gladly welcome to Saint Lu­cia. I am cer­tain that we can make the nec­es­sary ar­range­ments be­tween our two coun­tries as to the terms and con­di­tions, but cer­tainly your con­tri­bu­tion will be most wel­comed.”

Another sug­ges­tion from a Tai­wanese stu­dent ma­jor­ing in Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion that was well re­ceived was the in­clu­sion of a group of dif­fer­ently abled or vul­ner­a­ble youth from Saint Lu­cia in next year’s cul­tural ex­change pro­gramme.

Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of So­cial Trans­for­ma­tion, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment, Ms. Ju­liana Al­fred said: “We work with a num­ber of Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tres and they use the arts as ther­apy for these young peo­ple . . . In the af­ter school pro­gramme where we cater to youth in vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties, we do a lot in the arts in­clud­ing mu­sic and dance, so that is another way in which we can col­lab­o­rate.”

Tai­wanese Youth Am­bas­sadors with So­cial

Trans­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Harold Dal­san.

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