USAID/FED on New Education for Agri Program

first_imgUnited States Agency for International Development (USAID) Food & Enterprise Development (FED) program for Liberia said its New Diploma in Agriculture (NDA) curriculum is technically very sound and cutting-edge for the study of Agriculture across the West African sub-region.USAID FED’s Technical Education Specialist, Cristina Caltagirone of Louisiana State University in America, says the curriculum for agriculture education is one of the strongest curricula she has ever seen, describing it as ‘significantly better than the original. “I say so because it (NDA) expanded the curriculum to emphasize leadership, communications and entrepreneurship, which is specific to the Liberian context,” Madam Caltagirone said in an exclusive interview over the weekend.  According to her, the curriculum fulfils the need for productive skills for Liberians.The curriculum, developed with huge technical support from FED, was done in collaboration with the Ministries of Education, Agriculture and Youth & Sports.  It is a customized version of the one developed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS.) The diploma is recognized as an authentic education credential in all West African states.For two years, FED and MOE used Nigeria’s vocational agriculture curriculum as a foundation; adapting it to the Liberian context, market demands and needs of Liberia’s youth. In addition to core courses like Crop Cultivation, Irrigation, Soil Science and Animal Husbandry, the Liberian diploma program includes essential knowledge and skills-building in key areas of Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Communications.For USAID FED’s Communications Specialist, Nicholas Pakinson, “USAID FED is really excited and proud to showcase Liberia’s first ECOWAS-integrated Vocational Training Program in Agriculture;’” describing it as a critical step in the development of a successful agriculture sector in Liberia. He noted that building the agriculture workforce will result in better farmers and higher production of food for the Liberian consumer.Mr. Albert N. Bass is FED’s Vocational Education Specialist. He emphasized that though NDA is a laudable success, stakeholders in Liberia’s technical and vocational education training sector must ensure that curriculums are developed in other technical vocational and education training (TVET) disciplines to complete the TVET package. “This curriculum is a milestone, but we need curriculums in other areas like electronics, electricity, mechanics, masonry, carpentry,” he said.The NDA is Liberia’s first market-based, regionally integrated vocational training program in agriculture and will in September 2014 go into effect at four USAID FED-supported Centers of Excellence in Agriculture located at the Nimba, Lofa and Grand Bassa Community Colleges and at the Booker T. Washington Institute (BWI) in Margibi County.Up to 2012, Liberia had no curriculum in agriculture. The NDA is its first fully-approved ECOWAS curriculum and represents an important step towards regional integration. It is an innovative, skills-focused two-year vocational diploma that prepares high school graduates to move directly into agricultural employment in the formal sector or through entrepreneurship.  Students will graduate with marketable, in-demand skills that will give them expanded employment options tied to the country’s growing agricultural market and industry needs. USAID FED’s Centers of Excellence in agriculture will lead the practical training program through demonstration farms, extension services and showcasing of best practices and innovations in agri-business.“The agriculture diploma is perhaps most important for Liberia’s workforce.  The new diploma will be a valuable part of the process to equip Liberian farmers with practical skills in order to support the growing agricultural sector and improve long-term sustainability of farming,” a USAID FED press release last week quoted MOE’s Director of TVET, Saku Dukuly.USAID FED’s Chief of Party Agnes Luz: “These skills are critical to the needs of a post-conflict Liberia in the process of rebuilding its agricultural markets and connecting them to the region. The National Diploma for Agriculture will improve overall capacity of future farmers; the added bonus is that Liberian youth will also acquire the skills, such as record keeping and financial management, needed to create a business.“These skills play a key role in addressing not only the immediate employment needs of graduates, but also the development and growth of the agricultural and food production sectors of the country.”Curriculum piloting is underway at the Nimba County Community College (NCCC) where students are testing a total of eight courses including Agri-business and Soil Fertility & Crop Nutrition. After the two-year program is rolled-out at the Centers of Excellence, lessons learned and best practices will be consolidated to guide the expansion of the curriculum to four more vocational training centers in Liberia under the MOE in 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Christmas Day Fire Guts Voinjama Administrative Building

first_imgChristmas Day in Voinjama City witnessed the destruction by fire of four offices of the Voinjama Administrative Building which hosts the Liberian government’s line ministries and agencies in Lofa County.The four offices reportedly burnt included those of the Land Commissioner (Ministry of Internal Affairs); County Education Office (Ministry of Education); County Attorney’s Office (Ministry of Justice); and the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) Lofa Office.According to an eye-witness who spoke to the Daily Observer via mobile phone, the fire originated from the backyard of the Voinjama Administrative Building. Lofa County Joint Security sources told the Daily Observer that gardener Blama Fofana, who allegedly started the fire, is being held for investigation.When the fire broke out, hundreds of Christmas celebrants stormed the untouched left wing of the Administrative Building and made away with computers, typewriters, and other office equipment and supplies.Additional information reaching the Daily Observer alleged that some of the suspected looters were arrested by officers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Reports say suspected looters had originally gone to help put out the fire. “Joint security does not want all kinds of persons going to Fofana’s house to obtain information on what actually transpired as a result of the fire incident,” a security source said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kamara Tests Code of Conduct at Supreme Court

first_img– Advertisement – Abu B. Kamara, Assistant Minsiter, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, and Montserrado County District #5 representative aspirant The decision on whether several candidates who did not resign prior to the enforcement of the Code of Conduct (CoC) will contest the 2017 presidential and legislative elections now rests with the Supreme Court.The court will make the determination on Monday, July 10.  On March 3 of this year, however, in a majority decision (3 for and 2 against) the Supreme Court pronounced the Code of Conduct legally binding and compliant with the Liberian Constitution.The Supreme Court’s latest intervention is the result of a complaint filed by Abu Kamara, Assistant Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication, and District#15 representative aspirant.If the Supreme Court denies Kamara’s request, it means that the electoral commission will be given the power to disqualify several candidates for failing to comply with all the provisions of the CoC.On the contrary, if it decides against, it will mean that the Supreme Court will at least relax its position on the CoC, which it had initially described as “constitutional.”These are some of the legal issues that the five justices of the Supreme Court will be deciding on Monday, as part of their commitment to adequately address future election disputes.In his complaint, Kamara argued that the National Elections Commission (NEC), without any legal basis and support consistent with the process, denied and rejected his application on grounds that he is prohibited from contesting public office by the Code of Conduct.Section 5.9 of the code provides that “Any public official, after due process, who is found guilty of violating any provision of this section, should be immediately removed from the position or office held by him/her and thereafter no part of the funds appropriated by any law for such position or office should be used to pay compensation to such person.”Kamara also argued that there was no due process accorded him for the NEC to disqualify his application to contest as a representative aspirant for Montserrado County District #15.PART XV, Section 15.1 of the Code of Conduct on sanctions for infringement states: “Sanctions for any breach of this Code of Conduct shall be those prescribed by the Standing Orders of the Civil Service or any other laws governing the public service.”Notwithstanding, depending on the gravity of the offense or misconduct, one or more of the following penalties may apply: dismissal; removal from office in the public interest; reprimand; fine or making good of the loss or damage of public property/assets; demotion (reduction in rank); seizure and forfeiture to the state of any property acquired from abuse of office; and interdiction/suspension from duty with half pay.Kamara argued that those enumerated sanctions made no mention of exclusion from participating in the elections.He claimed that the action and grounds used by the NEC to reject him were inconsistent with the laws and standing order.“The ground for disqualifying me was vague and ambiguous on the face of the notice of rejection and that the notice also failed to state specifically the provision of the Code of Conduct for public officials that was alleged to be violated by me,” Kamara put his defense forward. “Therefore, the court should declare NEC’s decision unlawful as well as arbitrary and unconstitutional.”Kamara said though he had not resigned two years prior to the 2017 elections, “it does not warrant disqualification to contest as a candidate in Section 15.1 of the CoC.”Section 5.2 (a) of the Code of Conduct, states that “Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Directors General, Superintendents desiring to run must resign 2 years prior to the election; and section 5.2 (b) states that any other officials appointed by the president, holding a tenured position must resign 3 years prior to the election.”Before Kamara’s disqualification, NEC chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said the NEC would strictly enforce the Code.“What the NEC will be doing is to comply strictly with the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Code of Conduct… whatever the Supreme Court says will be followed to the letter,” Cllr. Korkoya said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grande Prairie woman dies after assault by neighbour

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP have laid charges of manslaughter after a female was assaulted and passed away Friday.On May 11 at 9:38 am RCMP and EMS responded to an assault complaint. The victim advised she needed medical attention and that she had been assaulted the previous night by a female tenant named Barb.The victim passed away Friday. Edmonton Major Crime Unit have assumed carriage of the file to assist Grande Prairie Detachment and their GIS unit. An Autopsy has been scheduled for Tuesday May 17.- Advertisement -Barb Wright of Grande Prairie has been charged with one count of Manslaughter and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Court on Monday, May 15th.Police are asking the public if they had any contact with Sherra Eckert on May 10th or May 11th or if they have any information about this incident to contact the Grande Prairie Detachment at 780-830-5701. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phoning 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

‘This is our cup final’ – Midtjylland chief defends £71 Man United ticket price

first_imgFC Midtjylland director Cliff Crown has defended the club’s ticket prices for Thursday’s Europa League meeting with Manchester United.United supporters are fuming at being forced to fork out £71 – on top of travelling costs – to watch their team take on the Danish champions at the MCH Arena.It is a huge increase on the £22 Southampton supporters were charged when they made the trip to Midtjylland in the Europa League play-off round in August.Andy Mitten, author and editor of fanzine United We Stand, has accused the Scandinavian club of “ripping fans off” and protests are planned during the game.But Crown, who also serves as chairman of Brentford, told talkSPORT on Wednesday: “We are a very small club in a very small region in Denmark and this is our cup final so we have to make the most of our opportunity.”Midtjylland’s ground will see its capacity reduced from 11,800 to just 9,500 for the United clash because of UEFA restrictions.Crown added: “It is probably the biggest game in our history.“Everbody is really excited, the town is really up for it and we probably could have sold 40,000 tickets.”last_img read more

LETTERKENNY AMONG FIRST TEN TOWNS TO GET SUPER-FAST BROADBAND

first_imgA unique link-up between two of Ireland’s leading businesses is set to bring improved broadband across Letterkenny in the coning months.The Cathedral Town has been chosen as one of the first ten towns across Ireland to receive the high-speed capacity.SIRO is an ESB/Vodafone Joint Venture company which is building Ireland’s first 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network. SIRO will offer 1 gigabit speeds to 500,000 premises in fifty regional towns.The launch of SIRO will take place in Letterkenny’s Public Services Centre on Friday, April 15th.The event will be attended by Cllr. Ciaran Brogan (Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council), Deputy Joe McHugh TD (Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources), John Bowe (President, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce) andSean Atkinson (CEO, SIRO).LETTERKENNY AMONG FIRST TEN TOWNS TO GET SUPER-FAST BROADBAND was last modified: April 5th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:broadbanddonegalletterkennylast_img read more

DD NOTICE: LISBON LIONS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING NEXT MONDAY

first_imgLisbon Lions Letterkenny Celtic Supporters Club have a club meeting this coming Monday the 28th of July at 8pm – upstairs in the Tir na og bar in Ballymacool. All members are asked to do their upmost to attend this meeting.Anyone wishing to be a member for what promises to be a very exciting season is also of course welcome along too. DD NOTICE: LISBON LIONS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB MEETING NEXT MONDAY was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:celtic fcDD LOCAL: DD NOTICENoticesSportlast_img read more

Councillor: “Where is the equality for the children in the schools that aren’t DEIS funded?”

first_imgCouncillor Michael Colm MacGiolla Eaisbig has highlighted his concern regarding the DEIS programme, and how schools in West Donegal may be missing out on the DEIS status – leading to further inequality and disadvantages.Councillor MacGiolla Eaisbig says; “The meaning of DEIS is Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools. Where is the equality for the children in the schools that aren’t DEIS funded? I have been working with Thomas Pringle and Minister Joe Mc Hugh on this matter for the last two years and would call on other TDs in Donegal to raise this issue also.”For the academic year 2016-2017, 825 schools are included within the DEIS scheme, 11 less than last year and 48 less than the schemes first operational year in 2006. Out of the 825 schools included; 80 primary schools and 11 secondary schools in Donegal are registered.Donegal’s schools account for 11% of the total number of Ireland’s DEIS schools.Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) the Action Plan for Educational Inclusion, was launched in May 2005 and remains the Department of Education and Skills policy instrument to address educational disadvantage.The action plan focuses on addressing and prioritising the educational needs of children and young people from disadvantaged communities, from pre-school through second-level education (3 to 18 years). Councillor: “Where is the equality for the children in the schools that aren’t DEIS funded?” was last modified: November 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more