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Seychelles First Lady attends summit in Malaysia

Seychelles First Lady attends summit in Malaysia ( The Seychelles First Lady, Mrs. Natalie Michel, has returned home from Malaysia where she was attending the inaugural First Ladies' Summit.

The Summit, which was the initiative of the First Lady of Malaysia, was held from October 10-13, 2010 under the theme “A child today, a leader tomorrow."

With the firm belief that children learn what they live, the summit took the approach that in order to create global leaders who are visionary, we need to provide children with a good start in life. The main focus of the summit was the importance of a holistic education and child care system, the impact of social environment on children, the importance of putting children at the center of development, and the importance for more stimulating formative years of children for a better tomorrow.

The pre-summit meeting of ministers and senior officials discussed pertinent issues related to nurturing future leaders. Seychelles was represented at the pre-summit meeting by the Minister of Social Development and Culture, Minister Bernard Sham-Laye; the Principal Secretary for Social Development, Ms. Linda William; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Home's Foundation, Mrs. Noella Gontier. Three sessions facilitated by child development and leadership experts looked at initiatives to provide enabling environments that nurture leaders, and enrich and empower children, which will allow for transformational leadership for tomorrow.

The summit gave the first ladies the opportunity to exchange ideas on the work they do for children in their respective countries. Seychelles First Lady briefed her colleagues on the different projects and programs her foundation undertakes to improve the lives of children needing special attention. Her clear vision and well-targeted programs serving children drew much attention and interest at the summit.

At the end of the three-day summit, the first ladies outlined the way forward for governments to fulfill their commitments in the areas of education, health, and child well-being. This way forward is outlined in the first ladies' declaration drawn up at the end of the summit. Through the declaration, the first ladies have committed themselves to work with families, governments, and other important partners to mobilize resources and achieve the goals set out in the three main areas of education, families, and communities.

Alain St.Ange CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board Email:

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