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Ombudsperson for Children's Office

Brief CV


Name : Mrs Rita VENKATASAWMY
 
Address : Hesketh Heights, Lucien de Chazal Street, Floreal, REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS
 
Date of birth : 2nd January 1963
 
Nationality : Mauritian
 
Sex : Female
 
Language : French & English
 
Child adopted : Yukime in April 1998 ​
 

 
 ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
 
  • Masters in International Child Welfare – Year 2002/2003 Special focus on Child Sexual Abuse / Foster Care (United Kingdom)
  • Degree in Special Education – Year 1990 “Académie de Paris” (France)
  • Diploma in Animation – Year 1985 Ministry of Youth and Sports (France)
  • Cambridge Higher School Certificate – Year 1982, Queen Elizabeth College (Mauritius) ​
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
 
  • 2015 Executive Director - CEDEM
  • 2015 Lecturer at the Mauritius Institute of Education (part-time) Module – Special Education Needs [Teacher’s Diploma Primary Programme (2014-2016)]
  • 2012 Elected Regional Representative for the Indian Ocean of the ‘Fédération Internationale des Centres d’Entraînement aux Méthodes d’Education Active (FICEMEA)’
  • 2010 – 2011 Registered trainer at the Mauritius Qualifications Authority (MQA) in the field of competence of International Child Welfare and Programme Officer of the CEDEM Training Institution (MQA Approved) Name of courses conducted: - Course in Special Education - Course in Child Welfare
  • 2010-2011 Lecturer at the University of Mauritius (part-time) Module - Child Welfare Services [Dip/BSc (Hons) Social work - Year III]
  • 2004 - 2015 Registered part-time trainer – Child Protection and Psycho- Social Rehabilitation of Sexually Abused Children Courses (Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare - Mauritius)
  • 2004 - 2006 Research project – Inclusive Education
  • 1996 – 2004 Responsible for training and management – Residential Care
  • 1994 – 2002 Project coordinator for the welfare of children in deprived regions of Mauritius and Rodrigues
  • 1995 Lecturer at the Mauritius Institute of Education (part-time) - Courses in Pre-Primary Education - Courses in Special Education
  • 1992 Research work “ La prise en charge des enfants handicapés à Maurice”
  • 1990 - ongoing Executive Director of CEDEM (Mauritius & Rodrigues) Project Coordinator: - Pre-primary, primary and college - Family counseling service - Training programmes for mothers & social workers - Animation service - Mother’s club - Friendship clubs for young adolescents - Home for girls - Early Childhood Development Programme
  • 15th February – 31st May 1990 Training at the Educational Institute for severely handicapped children in Paris (France)
  • September – December 1987 Training at the Medical Institute for handicapped children in St. Denis (Reunion Island)
  • 1986 Trainer at CREAI (Reunion Island)
  • 15th September 1985 – 15th January 1986 Training at the “Centre Educatif de Kerhuel” (France) with adolescent girls having problems with their families.
  • 1984 Founder of CEDEM (Centre working for the welfare of the family) ​
 
EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
 
  • 2002 / 2015
    • Training sessions on child sexual abuse including Rodrigues
    • Therapy and counselling for sexually abused children
    • Study tour in the United Kingdom and United States of America in centres working for sexually abused children
    • Interview of sexually abused children (ongoing) ​
 
PARTICIPATION AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
 
  • Zambia – 17 to 20 August 2015 Study Tour – African Peer Review Mechanism Organised by the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa - Zambia
  • Belgium – 01 to 07 November 2014 «Mécanismes et conséquences de la marchandisation de l’éducation» Organised by the “Fédération Internationale des Centres d’Entrainement aux Méthodes d’Education Active” (FICEMEA) Paris – France
 
Elected as executive committee member – “FICEMEA”
 
  • Kenya – 29 to 30 August 2011 China-Africa People’s Forum Co-Organised by the China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE) Beijing, China and NGOs Board – Kenya
  • China – 24 October to 04 November 2010 Seminar to mark the 10th anniversary of the advent of the Millenium Development Goals and the China-Africa Cooperation Forum Organised by the China NGO Network for International Exchanges (CNIE) – Beijing, China
  • Mali – September 2008 General Assembly of Coalition of African NGO working with Children Organised by the CONAFE – Bamako, Mali
  • Ethopia – May 2008 11th Meeting and First Pre-Session for the Consideration of State Parties Reports of African Committee of Experts on the Rights & Welfare of the Child Organised by the African Union – Ethopia
  • Singapore - 2005 6th ISPCAN Asian Regional Conference – “Protecting Children: Asian Perspectives and Beyond” Organised by International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Singapore
  • Scotland - 2005 International Special Education Conference – Inclusion: Celebrating Diversity Organised by the Inclusive and Supportive Education Congress – University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Australia - 2004 ISPCAN 15th International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect Organised by International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • India - 2002 4th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World on Article 51c of the Constitution of India -Organised by Department of World Unity & Peace Education – City Montessori School, Lucknow, India
  • Switzerland - 2002 World Civil Society Forum - Organised by The World Civil Society Organisation, Geneva
  • Mali - 2000 “Forum des Ongs Africaines” Organised by “Le Comité Consultatif des Ongs Africaines”
  • Malaysia - 1999 Pure Love and True Family Organised by the Ministry of National Unity & Social Development and Women Federation for World Peace (WFWP)
  • Botswana - 1999 Women in Politics -Organised by Southern African Development Community (SADC)
  • India - 1999 Spiritual Wisdom for Changing Times- Organised by Brahma Kumaris Academy for a better world ​
 
PARTICIPATION AT UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCES
 
  • Switzerland – January 2015 68th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child – Report of Mauritius Organised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – Geneva, Switzerland
  • Kenya – February 2006 International Conventions on the Rights of the Child Organised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – Kenya
  • Switzerland – January 2006 41st session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child Organised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – Geneva, Switzerland
  • Switzerland – May 2005 Training seminar on Strengthening the implementation of human rights treaty recommendations through the enhancement of national protection measures Organised by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – Geneva, Switzerland
  • Madagascar – April 2005 Sub-regional Consultation for the Indian Ocean on Violence against Children Organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Observatoire de l’Océan Indien - Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Mauritius – March 2005 Training seminar on Implementation of Treaty Bodies Organised by the Office of the United Nations - Mauritius
  • United States of America – May 2002 Special Session on Children Organised by United Nations, New York United States of America – June 2001 Special Session on Children – 3rd Substantive Session of the Preparatory Committee Organised by United Nations, New York
  • United States of America – February 2001 Special Session on Children – 2nd Substantive Session of the Preparatory Committee Organised by United Nations, New York
 
Elected as executive committee member – “Comité Consultatif des Ongs Africaines”
 
  • Switzerland – September 2000 The Future of Our Children Organised by Education for Peace International Network, University of Geneva and UNESCO
  • United States of America – June 2000 Special Session on Children – 1st Substantive Session of the Preparatory Committee

    Organised by United Nations, New York
 
​BOOKS PUBLISHED (English / French)
 
  • 1992 – “La République racontée aux enfants”
  • 1997 – “Paroles et Pensées”
  • 1998 – “L’amour vrai raconté aux enfants”
  • 2001 - “Les poupées magiques de Tante Elda”
  • 2001 - “La petite Yukime aux Nations Unies”
  • 2001 – Inspiring Thoughts for the “Say Yes for Children” Campaign
  • 2001 – “Une Brave Policière combat la Prostitution Infantile”
  • 2009 – “Une histoire d’amour entre une mère et sa fille”
  • 2011 – “L’éducation: un trésor, Racontée aux Enfants”
 
PUBLICATION IN PROGRESS
 
  • “Il était une fois les îles Chagos”
  • “Témoignages des enfants sexuellement abusés”