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The National Council for Children (NCC) believes that when girls and women are empowered through education, they gain the knowledge and skills to advocate for themselves and their communities, to accomplish their goals and live healthier and more fulfilled lives.
 

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  • On Thursday, 20th February 2020, the National Council for Children (NCC) saw the relaunching of the perseverance campaign for this year which took place at the Anse Boileau Secondary school. What better way to start the year than by reminding our young people why they should never give up on their studies and goals.

  • The Hope Choir made their first appearances at the annual music festival, last weekend, through the help of young conductor Julien Alexis.

  • The National Council for Children is hoping to give a major facelift to The President’s Village in 2019, 32 years after it was erected.

  • “Our Greatness is not what we have its what we Give to the Elderly and Orphanages in Seychelles”

    With global connections in Dubai and India, Food Supplier company, IFS, based in Seychelles has once again donated through their Corporate Social Responsibility programme or CSR, several items of basic necessities to vulnerable groups in the community.

  • For many years, the National Council of Children, NCC have been conducting an annual week where the highlight is on the safety and protection of Children.

  • After months of planning, the children residing in The President’s Village, located at Port Glaud, finally embarked on a first trip to Praslin and La Digue on 11th of January.

  • It is the most wonderful time of the year; unless it is not for everyone in particular.

    It is during this exciting time of the year, as we begin to realise how abundant and miraculous our lives truly are, that we are reminded more than ever of the many people in the world who are not as fortunate as we are.

  • Representatives of the National Council for Children, NCC, met with the Committee of Women Parliamentarians in the National Assembly recently, to discuss issues affecting children and ways that the committee members can assist and partner with the Council to improve the well-being of children in Seychelles.

  • It is a common knowledge that Residential Care Homes are for children only. Hence, upon reaching the age of 18, many of the residents of The President’s Village, located at Port Glaud, will have to leave the facility.

  • Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, of any age, of any background, at any time.

  • A group of 16 children from various primary and secondary schools will be leaving the country on Saturday to participate in the International Children’s Festival in Samsun and Ankara, Turkey.

  • The view that fathers are not interested in their children’s well being and education may be misleading on many fronts.

  • Whether it is in our professional or our personal lives; each and every one of us thrives to be successful. We sometimes set targets and want to achieve them right away but, we are human and we may at times fall short on those goals.

  • Two months after it was launched at Ile Perseverance Secondary school, the Perseverance campaign, an initiative of the National Council for Children, (NCC) has been officially adopted in the Independent school.

  • Students of Beau Vallon primary school have pledged to spread the message of Peace on International Peace Day.

  • An underrated few words that hold more truth to it than one can simply contemplate. Bringing up children has always been easier when done collectively. It is important for us to see all children as our children and in turn help them to grow up in safer environments.  

     

  • Crew members of the HMCS Regina paid a visit to The President’s Village today, as part of their port call in Victoria.

  • Creating a state orphanage was one of many dreams of Mrs Geva Rene, the Patron of NCC, for the children of Seychelles.  

  • Caregiving is something which flows for natural-born caregivers. The actions can of course be taught but not the compassion and the empathy; those are gifts and not everybody has these gifts. Nurturers have a special bond with those they care for. 
     

     
    Rita Antat is a former social worker turned counsellor after having worked with the social services for over 25 years.
     
    She currently works as the senior counsellor with the National Council for Children (NCC), at the President’s Village where she has been based for the past six years, she is known as Miss Antat or Miss Rita amongst the staff and children.  
     
    Antat describes herself as a natural caregiver and says that her love for children came from the love she got from the people who raised her.
     
    “I lost my mother at a very young age and the people I grew up with gave me the type of love and care that I wanted to just give back to the community; especially children,” she said.
     
    In her 25 years as a social worker before joining the President’s Village, she worked with different families.
     
    When asked if she has ever been discouraged while on this path, she explained that at times she has felt like forfeiting and she probably would have if she listened to the people around her instead of the voice of the children whom she was meant to help.
     
    “It is the kids, they keep me going. True, sometimes it gets heavy and but at the end of the day I always keep an open-mind and say to myself that I am doing this because these children need me. Besides in my professional career, I have opened my door at home for many children to find solace. I have been a mother, an aunt, a mentor to many children whom I am proud of today,” shared Antat. 
     
    She went on to add that none of this would have been possible had it not been for the undying support of her family which on its own helped her to remain firm in her choices
     
    To work in an institution that helps children has always been the goal for Antat, and when the opportunity presented itself to permanently join the President’s Village – which was then still under the management of the Children’s Foundation, she grabbed it with both hands. 
     
    Her alternative career choice had she not been a social worker would have been to teach and this is something that Antat described to be close to her heart even to this day.
     
    “I love working with people, I love seeing the transformation in people and how they turn their lives around. It brings me a sense of satisfaction,” she proudly said.
     
    Rather emotional, she disclosed that sometimes it pulls at her heart when people do not take the time to understand and comprehend the needs of our children, but she also added that not everyone has the vocation for this work but it was okay because we all have our passions. 
     
    Her advice to young people planning to venture into this field of work is to go for it but only if their hearts are in it completely.
     
    “We often hear people say that to work with children is a vocation and I could not agree more, it is not for everyone but if your heart is screaming yes do not turn away from the calling, go for it,” she concluded. 
     
  • Upon taking the management of the village late last year, the National Council for Children, NCC, inherited 30 children in permanent care at The President’s Village located at Port Glaud.

  • The National Council for Children will soon review its services in the Inner Islands so as to increase its visibility.

  • Seychelles along with many other countries have taken a stance to ban corporal punishment of children. It is just a matter of time, soon it will be illegal to hit your child within your private homes.  


    The Seychelles will join countries such as Ireland, Lithuania and Slovenia in banning corporal punishment of children in private homes. This decision has been long on going and one which has stirred up many debates amongst the public, especially parents coming from traditional families. 

    To facilitate this decision making, a series of consultative meetings are being held across the country for the parents and the public in general to share their opinions about the ban which will soon be implemented. This is an initiative of the National Council for Children (NCC) in collaboration with the department of Social Affairs within the ministry of Family Affairs. 

    The first meeting was held on Wednesday, 21st August at the International Conference Centre of Seychelles (ICCS) where those present were able to give their opinions about the expected ban on corporal punishment in private homes.

    Initially, there were to be regional meetings for the public but according to the Chief Executive of NCC, Jean-Claude Matombe, they have changed their approach and will therefore hold meetings with parents who have kids in the different schools after the holidays. 

    “We need to get the take of parents on the matter as there are still a lot of conclusion on what corporal punishment is and how it differs from that of disciplinary measures. However, it is still a question of cultural influence that some parents still find it necessary or ‘useful’ to hit their child but hitting is not the answer, we need to break that sequence.”

    He went on to add that “After a cycle of abuse, children who are hit or beaten by their parents might start hating themselves thinking that they are doing something wrong or that there is something wrong with them. We need to tell parents in general that ‘hitting people is wrong and children are people too.”

    Studies show that the current acceptance physical punishment helps to cause more serious child abuse and children who are hit by their parents learn that violent solutions are acceptable as violence breeds violence. 

     Mr Matombe stressed on the fact that more emphasis will be put towards education for parents and teachers equally. “There is a need to know how parents feel about sanctions such as mandatory attendance of parenting classes, stress and anger management workshops, and community work or in extreme cases - prison sentencing.  

  • Not many people would give their life for the children of others, but 57 year old, Monique Louise, has been doing so for almost 31 years as a Child Support Officer at The President’s Village.

  • The number of boys who were referred to counselling and psychology section of the National Council for Children have surpassed that of girls in 2017.

  • To celebrate Youth Festival week, the 16th cohort of the Seychelles National Youth Assembly (SNYA) teamed up with the National Council for Children (NCC) for a day of planting, sports and games at the President’s Village.

  • Only two months in the New Year and one organisation has shown great interest in investing in the largest residential care homes for children in Seychelles.

  • A few days shy of the International men’s day, celebrated on 19th November, a group of brave men met at the National Council for children, NCC, with a hard task ahead; regroup and reform an action group.

  • A specialized clinic for children organised during the Child Protection Week by the National Council for Children, NCC, was so successful, that it had to be held twice, as too many parents turned out.

 
Caregiving is something which flows for natural-born caregivers. The actions can of course be taught but not the compassion and the empathy; those are gifts and not everybody has these gifts. Nurturers have a special bond with those they care for. 
 

 
Rita Antat is a former social worker turned counsellor after having worked with the social services for over 25 years. She currently works as the senior counsellor with the National Council for Children (NCC), at the President’s Village where she has been based for the past six years, she is known as Miss Antat or Miss Rita amongst the staff and children.  
 
Antat describes herself as a natural caregiver and says that her love for children came from the love she got from the people who raised her. “I lost my mother at a very young age and the people I grew up with gave me the type of love and care that I wanted to just give back to the community; especially children,” she said.
 
In her 25 years as a social worker before joining the President’s Village, she worked with different families. When asked if she has ever been discouraged while on this path, she explained that at times she has felt like forfeiting and she probably would have if she listened to the people around her instead of the voice of the children whom she was meant to help.
 
“It is the kids, they keep me going. True, sometimes it gets heavy and but at the end of the day I always keep an open-mind and say to myself that I am doing this because these children need me.
 
Besides in my professional career, I have opened my door at home for many children to find solace. I have been a mother, an aunt, a mentor to many children whom I am proud of today,” shared Antat. 
 
She went on to add that none of this would have been possible had it not been for the undying support of her family which on its own helped her to remain firm in her choices
 
To work in an institution that helps children has always been the goal for Antat, and when the opportunity presented itself to permanently join the President’s Village – which was then still under the management of the Children’s Foundation, she grabbed it with both hands. 
 
Her alternative career choice had she not been a social worker would have been to teach and this is something that Antat described to be close to her heart even to this day.
 
“I love working with people, I love seeing the transformation in people and how they turn their lives around. It brings me a sense of satisfaction,” she proudly said.
 
Rather emotional, she disclosed that sometimes it pulls at her heart when people do not take the time to understand and comprehend the needs of our children, but she also added that not everyone has the vocation for this work but it was okay because we all have our passions. 
 
Her advice to young people planning to venture into this field of work is to go for it but only if their hearts are in it completely.
 
“We often hear people say that to work with children is a vocation and I could not agree more, it is not for everyone but if your heart is screaming yes do not turn away from the calling, go for it” she concluded.