Minister Marie-Celine Zialor’s message on the occasion of the International Day of Families |15 May 2021
‘Technologies should play a significant role in promoting a better quality of life for families’
“Today, May 15, Seychelles joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of Families, to raise awareness on the importance of families for people, society and cultures around the world.
“The commemoration of this day is a call to renew our commitments, responsibilities and love to our family members. It is the occasion for all of us to reflect on the family strengths that should be maintained and reinforced. It is a time to reflect on current challenges and how they can affect the welfare of our families, and an opportunity to decide on what positive contributions we each can make to adapt, and to transform our families and our society for a better quality of life.
“This year’s theme, ‘Families and new technologies’, is not a coincidence; it is a reminder of our dependency on technology during this pandemic. Despite the many challenges of this pandemic, it is good to note that it has also brought many opportunities for our families; it has allowed more time to spend together in our homes. Technologies have also brought different modalities of schooling for our children who were confined at home. Nonetheless, we need to be on guard and supervise our children better to ensure that they do not fall victim to the dangers of misuse of modern technologies.
“We do acknowledge the progress Seychelles has made with regards to access of various technologies to families to improve their lives, but the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Family would like to make an appeal to service providers for more affordable technology services and products. We as a country should also ensure that the advancement in technologies does not create disadvantages for some special segments of our population such as persons with disabilities and the elderly population. Technologies should play a significant role in promoting a better quality of life for families, especially the minority groups. Many of such products and services are available due to advancements in science, so today we make another appeal to all our partners and stakeholders to support us in making these technologies available to our minority groups.
“The Ministry of Youth, Sports & Family is calling upon all members of the family to exercise their functions and responsibilities to embrace this digital revolution in our society and to improve their own lives in the process. In this era whereby information is so readily available, staying ignorant is a choice. We can definitely use modern technologies to promote the principle of personal development and self-awareness for families to evolve in a much better version. This will in return enhance the transformation of our society to be knowledge-based, and value-based; this will have positive impact on our communities and therefore our country.
“It is within the summary of this message that I take the opportunity to wish each family in Seychelles today, a happy International Day of Families. May God bless us all.”
Minister for Youth, Sports & Family