Who We Are
Overview of the Ministry of Sport and Community Development
The Ministry of Sport and Community Development seeks to build our nation’s human capital through the development of athletic talent and community life in Trinidad and Tobago. This new Ministry represents an ever-important intersectionality of community life and physical activity. The vision for this new ministry, will therefore be to maximize the interconnection of the three divisions -Physical Education and Sport, Community Development, and Mediation, to reap the fullest benefit for all citizens. The Ministry’s mandate will be supported by the three state entities under its purview, the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago, Self Help Commission and the Export Centres Company Limited.
The mission of the Division of Physical Education and Sport is to enrich lives through total participation, quality training and excellence in sport.
The two pillars of the National Sport Policy – Total Participation Sport (TPS) and High Performance Sport (HPS) – are the drivers behind the mission.
Among the objectives of the Division are:
- To increase participation in sport and physical recreation at all levels
- To raise standards of athletic performance
- To increase the quality and quantity of sporting facilities
- To provide information for and about physical recreation and sport
- To promote sport as an industry
- To implement a national sport policy
- To promote drug free sport
- To advocate for quality physical education and sport in schools
- To encourage national sporting organizations to have strategic approaches to sport development and become self-sufficient
The Community Development Division focuses on a multifaceted approach to community intervention through the following programmes;
- working closely with community organizations/Village and community councils to become registered and promote specialized interest relating to women, sports, youth, culture, agriculture and social and economic issues.
- Community Education – non-formal education programmes to complement the formal education system in Trinidad. This programme consists of four components: Domestic Support/Skills Training Projects , Entrepreneurial Development Projects , Leadership Development Projects and Community awareness and Sensitisation Projects.
- Community Building Programme – which entails the provision and maintenance of Community Centres, Regional Complexes and Civic Centres.
- Craft Development Programme – which preserves the creativity and artistic ingenuity of local artisans. It also promotes craft production as a viable contributor to the national goals of economic diversification and job creation.
- Community Action for Revival and Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Programme
The Community Mediation Services Division considers that sustainable social transformation of our society and the achievement of social justice requires the permeation and pervasive presence of restorative behaviour throughout our society. Therefore, the division executes a number of initiatives which aim to encourage the adoption of behaviours that are consistent with the underpinning philosophy of mediation, restoration and peace building. These initiatives include peer mediation, conflict management training, leadership skills development, anger management, communication and interpersonal skills, these are among other programmes which are specially designed according to the needs of the particular organisation or community. These initiatives are supported by the practices of mediation, social work and other therapeutic interventions as well as the facilitation of difficult conversations in communities and special interest groups.