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National Empowerment Foundation gives school material to 35000 Mauritian kids

National Empowerment Foundation gives school material to 35000 Mauritian kids

This initiative goes in line with the Child Welfare and Family Empowerment Programme of the NEF, having the primary objective of helping out children affected by poverty, malnutrition and societal plagues with the help of a coordinated team. (Image: Orchard Kids)

Mauritius’ National Empowerment Foundation, which works under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, has started distributing school materials to 35,000 deprived and needy students attending pre-primary, primary and secondary school both in Mauritius and Rodrigues for the academic year of 2015.

The operation will be carrying out around the Island including Rodrigues and will end on 15 January 2015.

This initiative goes in line with the Child Welfare and Family Empowerment Programme of the NEF, having the primary objective of helping out children affected by poverty, malnutrition and societal plagues with the help of a coordinated team. The programme will benefit some 28,000 children in Mauritius and 7,000 in Rodrigues with school materials compromising school bags, uniforms, shoes, socks and stationery.

With the starting date for schools scheduled for the 12th January 2015, The NEF has started the distribution of school materials in west of Mauritius namely at Riviere–Noire. During the distribution last Tuesday, some 303 students received their school materials in the area while 969 students also benefited from the programme in Bambous.

The newly elected Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment, Pradeep Roopun, declared during the launch of the programme in Riviere Noire that his ministry is doing its best to ensure that the exercise of the distribution of school materials is completed before the start of the academic year of 2015.

Moreover, he pondered during this event on parental and social responsibility and attention towards the educational requirements of needy children around the country. The minister has also declared that the distribution of school materials is a symbolic act and an engagement towards family solidarity, who try their best to educate their children so that they can climb the ladder of success through education.

Only those children whose family has a monthly income of less than Rs 6200 and has registered at the NEF or on the on the Social Register of Mauritius at the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, are eligible under the programme.

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