The Home Economics Unit, therefore works towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 & 12.
Target audience & coverage
Courses are free of cost, MQA approved and are targeted at all members (women & men) of the community). Special emphasis is laid on vulnerable groups. Tailor made programmes (Life-skills Development Programmes) are also implemented for the benefit of young children & youth (both boys & girls) as well as for working persons (both men & women).
Training Programmes are run as a decentralized service in a network of more than 125 centres located all over the island. Centres include the following: -
- Home Economics Resources Centres,
- Women Empowerment Centres,
- Social Welfare Centres,
- Community Centres,
- Village Halls, &
- Municipal Hall, etc.
on Quality Control of Food Products
Economics Unit also offers specialised
services namely the: -
- Agricultural Women’s Club (AWCs)
The objective of these clubs is to promote agricultural activities among
women as well as to enhance healthy eating, food security as well as income generating
activities. 25 AWCs are functional over the island.
These clubs aim at providing dietary advice to overweight and/or obese
women on the management of their body weights. Emphasis is also laid on the
regular practice of physical exercise. The objective is to combat non –
communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and hyper cholesterol
caused by poor eating habits and wrong lifestyles. These clubs are usually coupled with training
on ‘healthy lifestyle’.
- Promotion of
The Unit also manages a Production Centre cum Sales Outlet located at Plaine
des Papayes (within the compound of the Social Welfare Centre). The aim of the above specialised centre is to
empower vulnerable women and their families economically and to help them
become financial independent. This centre was set up in March 2011 as a
specialized project under the “Special
Collaborative Programme for Support to Women and Children in Distress”.
objectives of the Plaine des Papayes Production Centre cum Sales Outlet are to:
- offer specialised training for the setting up of
income generating activities in the agro sector,
- acquaint potential women agro processors with semi –
industrial processing equipment,
- enable latter target group to validate their products
- guide the entrepreneurs in the setting up their
- offer a sales outlet to market their products
Hence the services/facilities
offered include training, production on a semi – industrial scale, on site
exhibition and sales of products, counselling, &networking as well as exchange
More than 1000 women have been trained and about 25% have successfully
started income generating activities.