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Are you experienced in the field of Child Care?
The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago is in the process of building its organizational capabilities to ensure an accountable court system
where timeliness and efficiency are key hallmarks. In this regard, interested applicants are invited to submit applications for the follow-
ing contract position, in the St. George West Magistrates Court, Port of Spain, (Vacation & After School Centre):
VACATION AND AFTER SCHOOL CO-ORDINATOR
The incumbent reports to the Court Executive Administrator. He/she plans and manages the operations of the day-to day activities of the
Judiciary Vacation and After-School Centre.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
• Plans, organizes and manages activities that stimulate children's physical, emotional and social growth such as games, arts and
crafts, music, storytelling and field trips
• Liaises with the Court Executive Administrator in the development of administrative policies and rules governing the operations
of the Centre
• Responsible for the safety, well being and security of the children at the Centre
• Attends to children's basic needs
• Provides counseling to resolve conflicts and to deal with issues relevant to the children's needs
• Keeps records on individual children including daily observations and information about activities, meals served and medications
• Meets with parents/guardians to discuss matters involving their children's behavior and needs
• Observes and monitors children's activities
• Oversees the older children in their preparation of homework assignments or other activities
• Administers First Aid in cases of minor injury, cuts and bruises; and
• Organizes and participates in recreational activities, such as games and outings
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Excellent knowledge and experience in Child Care for children ages three (3) to fifteen (15) years including the physically challenged;
• Knowledge of Childhood Development Programmes;
• Knowledge of the principles and methods associated with teaching young children;
• Excellent negotiation skills;
• Excellent leadership skills;
• Excellent inter-personal skills with children and adults;
• Skill with arts and craft for young children;
• Ability to administer First Aid in cases of minor injury, cuts and bruises;
• Ability to think creatively in the planning of activities and generally caring for children;
• Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; and
• Excellent physical fitness with the ability to perform activities that require considerable use of arms, legs and moving the whole
body such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling of materials.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
• A first Degree in Social Sciences;
• A Diploma in Early Childhood Education or Montessori Training;
• A First Aid Certificate; and
• Five (5) years working experience in caring for children including the physically challenged, in an institutional setting
RESUMES INCLUDING COPIES OF RELEVANT ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND TWO REFERENCE LETTERS SHOULD BE SENT TO:
(Please indicate the position in the subject of the email)
For details on these positions please visit our website page at
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS FEBRUARY 15, 2015
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED
Terms and conditions of employment will be determined by the Chief Personnel Officer
In a crowded alleyway sandwiched between
the wards of a large government hospital in
New Delhi, we re searching for a blood tout.
One of the hospital s security guards has
instructed us to look for a man with one leg.
We find the tout, Rajesh, sitting on a tattered
blanket next to a tea stall drinking milky tea from
a flimsy plastic cup as monkeys traverse electrical
Posing as the relatives of an accident victim,
we tell him we need three units of blood.
"Three thousand rupees (US$48) per donor,"
Rajesh says. "I ll arrange everything."
Selling blood and paying donors in India is
illegal, but across the country, a vast "red market"
Blood is in chronic short supply in India,
according to the World Health Organization
(WHO), which stipulates that every country needs
at least a one per cent reserve.
India, with its population of 1.2 billion people,
needs 12 million units of blood annually but col-
lects only nine million-a 25 per cent deficit.
In summer, the shortfall often hits 50 per cent,
leading to a spurt in professional donors cashing
in on the needs of desperate patients.
Rajesh used to be a housepainter, but after los-
ing his leg in an accident and spending months
recovering at this hospital, he realised he could
earn commissions by supplying donors to those
in need of blood transfusions in exchange for
India s lack of a central blood collection agency,
along with taboos against exchanging blood with
people of different castes, largely accounts for
the shortage, experts say.
It fuels a vast illegal market, despite a 1996
Supreme Court ruling that banned paid donors
and unlicensed blood banks.
Little has changed since then. Demand still
outstrips supply. Private blood banks are legal as
long as they obtain a government licence for
The illicit market in blood has simply moved
underground, or in some cases, into the realms
of the macabre.
Caged for their blood
In 2008, Hari Kamat, an impoverished artisan
from the state of Bihar, was rescued along with
16 other people from a "blood farm" in the town
of Gorakhpur, close to India s border with Nepal.
The victims, all poor migrants, were lured to
a house on the pretext of being given jobs and
were then convinced to sell their blood for the
princely sum of US$7 per unit.
"Initially, they did it willingly," says Neha Dixit,
who covered the story for Tehelka magazine.
"But when I met Hari Kamat in the hospital
recuperating, he said that after a while, they
became too weak to resist and when they had
the energy to try and escape, they were beaten
and locked up."
Hari and the others were forced to give blood
three times per week for a period of two and a
half years. The Red Cross says donors should
give blood only once every eight to 12 weeks.
They were never paid the amount they were
promised, and received only a token sum.
"It was actually like a dairy," says Dixit. "These
people were caged, not given enough food and
their blood was extracted 16 times a month."
Dixit says the blood was then sold to local hos-
pitals and blood banks for $18 a unit-15 times
the government rate. Some private blood banks
Blood for sale: India's
illegal 'red market'
were accused of being complicit, putting official
stamps and barcodes on these bags of blood.
There are no official statistics on how large India s
illegal blood market is or how many such farms have
But if we were to take as a rough calculation the
three million units needed in India, multiplied by
its street value of US$15, that suggests that it could
be worth as much as US$45 million.
Experts say that even many legal, licensed blood
banks, who don t necessarily pay for blood themselves,
still tolerate professional donors.
"You can see by the number of pricks on the arm
that they re a professional donor, but the blood banks
don t bother, they look the other way," says Sudarshan
Agarwal, president of the non-profit Rotary Blood
Bank in New Delhi. (BBC)
Selling blood in India is against the law, but there is a huge illegal trade in donations.
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