CEPS presented its programme in relation to the National Framework for integrated management in a High Level meeting held on Tuesday 25th August 2020 with representatives from different sectors of the country. CEPS was represented by Mr Jude Fred, Chairman of CEPS, Mrs Marie-Nella Azemia, CEPS Vice Chair and Dr Nirmal Jivan Shah. The team has been fully engaged in the High Level meeting in regards to the re-opening of Seychelles, which is presided by the President, Mr Danny Faure, for the past two months.

CEPS programme focuses on Pillar Two of the National Framework entitled Social Cohesion and Community Resilience. It has two main components; the CEPS Volunteer Health Ambassadors which will be led by the Social, Health & Education Commission and Financial Education which will be led by the Socio-Economic Commission. The programme was presented by Mr Fred and approved by the members present. CEPS is currently waiting for official endorsement from the government to kick start the project.

The CEPS Volunteer Health Ambassadors aims to mobilise and train volunteers to educate members of the public on COVID-19 response. Part of their activities is to monitor/approach and give advice to any members of the public who may be putting their health or that of others in danger. The education and awareness will be based on the protocols and regulations in place (washing hands, sanitise hands, social distancing, wearing masks etc.) including training that will be provided by health authorities.

On the other hand, the Financial Education component of the project aims to provide training on budget management to trainers, conduct meetings with district authorities for collaboration, conduct outreach activities at community level (door to door) amongst others.

Meanwhile, ground work to cope and fit in the new normal is ongoing by the NGOs to ensure that all health and safety protocols are observed. Many of them are being pro-active and involved in sewing fabric masks which is now a requirement to wear in closed places or places where social distancing cannot be applied.