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Egypt Offers Training For Nurses, Midwives
By Jimmey C. Fahngon

The Egyptian government has offered eight scholarships to five Liberian nurses and three midwives to undergo specialized advanced training at the Egyptian National Research Center in Cairo.

According to a statement from the Egyptian Embassy in Monrovia, the beneficiaries are expected to leave Liberia December 15, 2008 to undergo a 25-day intensive medical training in Cairo.

The Egyptian Embassy hoped the training would build the capacity of the health practitioners so as to provide good health care to the people of Liberia.

At the same time, the Embassy said five Liberian students are expected to depart Liberia soon for Egypt to undergo various disciplines including agriculture, commerce, among others.

The students, the statement said, would spend four years in that country studying at various universities after which they would return home to contribute towards the development of their country.

The Egyptian Embassy also mentioned that three Liberians are currently in Egypt undergoing training in peacekeeping.

It also disclosed that another three Liberians were in that country participating in an ongoing training program in connection with international colloquium on women’s empowerment, leadership development, peace and security.

The statement also recalled that 25 Liberian officials recently underwent 15 days training at the Egyptian Diplomatic Institute in Cairo.

According to the statement, the beneficiaries were trained in the field of diplomatic protocol, etiquette, among others.

It also recalled that an expert from Egypt, Ambassador Abdul Faltah Al-Zeiny, specialized in training civil servants and diplomats in the field of protocol and etiquette recently visited Liberia and provided a one-week training for 50 government officials.

The Embassy said the Egyptian Government is offering Liberians these multi-facet trainings in various fields to help upgrade the post-war manpower capacity of Liberia.

The statement said the provision of training for Liberians is a new phase of capacity building for Egypt-Liberia relations.

The Embassy said Egypt does not want to only donate to Liberia, but build the capacity of Liberians so they can contribute towards the development of their nation.

More training scholarships, the statement said, are in the making for Liberians in the fields of health, education and security as a result of the excellence relations and cordial cooperation on bilateral level between the two African countries.

©2005 – 2008 The News Online


United States Turned Over Teacher Training Institute to Liberian Government
Special Sections, News
November 16, 2008

Executive Mansion, Zorzor

The United States Government through its ambassador to Liberia has turned over to the Liberian Government the Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute (ZRTTI) located in northern Liberia.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield assured the Liberian Government of her Government’s commitment towards Liberia’s reconstruction drive as demonstrated in the U.S. government’s funding of the ZRTTI which has been one of Pre-war Liberia’s renowned Teacher Training Institutes.

During the tour of duty, she pledged to engage her home government seriously in strengthening bilateral relations between the U.S. and Liberia. Linda Thomas-Greenfield was sworn in on July 18, 2008 as the next ambassador to Liberia by Secretary of States Condoleezza Rice. Ms. Thomas-Greenfield was nominated by President Bush in February 2008 and confirmed by the Senate on June 4, 2008.
Speaking at an elaborate program after receiving keys to facilities of the ZRTTI in Lofa County, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that renovation of the campus was indicative of the strong partnership between Liberia and the United States.

She, however, challenged future teachers to see their training at ZRTTI as an opportunity to leave ‘a quantifiable mark’ on Liberia. The Liberian leader expressed pleasure that residents of Zorzor District have supported unflinchingly the education sector of their communities. She challenged them to take responsibility in maintaining the facilities of the Institute.
The refurbished ZRTTI campus is located on the outskirts of Zorzor City, on 1,000 acres consisting of 61 structures that include administrative, academic, dormitory and staff quarters as well as a cafeteria, a  library, and a student center. The rehabilitation was carried out by four Liberian construction firms under subcontract to LCIP/DAI, a USAID contractor.

The reconstruction included the rehabilitation of prioritized buildings, water supply and distribution, internal and external electrical supply and distribution, waste disposal, landscaping and site clearing.

It’s however, not public at this time the actual amount involved in refurbishing the ZRTTI.

It could be recalled though that the U.S.Government through its Agency for International Development(USAID) , and the Liberian Government jointly signed  an amended agreement  this year  to provide Liberia’s Fiscal year 2008 funding totaling USD $80, 314,657 to support development priorities in Liberia, demonstrating continued commitment to Liberia’s peace and recovery.

President Johnson Sirleaf and  Ambassador   Thomas-Greenfield signed the four amended Assistance Agreements that support USAID’s objectives and are consistent with the Government of Liberia’s priorities as outlined in the Poverty Reduction Strategy.

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Story posted by Star Radio…Equip-Liberia graduates 65 ‘health ambassadors’ Print
Written by Emmanuel Broh   
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

A non-governmental organization, Equip-Liberia has graduated 65 trainees known as Health Ambassadors in Doe and Boe Administrative Districts, Nimba County.
The head of the organization’s Protection Department told Star Radio the fifteen-month exercise is aimed at sanitation and HIV/AIDS. 

Mr. Philip Pleh-won said the health ambassadors were trained about malaria, diarrhea and other preventable diseases. 

Mr. Pleh-won said those trained would go into the communities to train people by sharing the knowledge they have acquired. 

According to him, the community health ambassadors would also help to encourage community members to develop initiatives which Equip-Liberia would finance. 

He said the organization would facilitate community development initiatives through food items and machinery that would be needed to implement such initiative.

LACE Completes Training Of CBOs In Southeast
22July2008 The News Online

The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) last week completed the training of five community-based organizations in the southeastern region of Liberia .

The workshop was within the context of preparing community facilitators (CFs) as they embark on mobilizing communities for the implementation of the second Community Empowerment Project (CEP II).

The three-day training brought together fifteen CFs from the five counties in the region: Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee and Sinoe counties.

A LACE release said they were trained in social mobilization, project and financial managements, procurement, monitoring and evaluation and among others.

The acting Superintendent of Grand Gedeh County Tarley Dweh expressed appreciation to LACE for organizing the training and challenged participants to take advantage in acquiring new skills as they work with their communities.

Mr. Dweh promised the local government’s support during the implementation of identified sub-projects for Grand Gedeh County.

He hailed LACE’s new approach in collaborating with local government authorities in the identification of projects. Mr. Dweh said these new sub-projects were in line with the County Development Agenda (CDA).

In his opening remarks, LACE Program Manager Mr. Peter Parteh highlighted the gains of LACE over the years and outlined activities planned during the implementation of CEP II.

Mr. Parteh challenged CFs to take the training and their task seriously during the implementation process.

In attendance at the workshop were the Acting Development Superintendent and LRRRC Regional Coordinator Messrs. Charls Zulu and James Wonsiah, among others.

The workshop took place at the LRRRC sub office in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County from July 14-16, 2008.

LACE is funded by the World Bank and Government of Liberia and is currently concluding the implementing 100 sub-projects across the country under community empowerment one.

©2005 – 2008 The News Online


We can sometimes focus too narrowly on our home on our nation on West Africa.  While doing some research on Rural Development we stumbled across the most amazing model for success.  It is from our brothers and sisters to the east.  Once upon a time Uganda was referred to as the Pearl of the African continent.  Certainly some of the luster was spoiled through events of the recent past.  But the people can not be kept down.  We found a rare Pearl of great worth in the field of transformative rural development training.  So marvelous we had to share.

From the grass roots up The Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme (URDT) is an indigenous civil society organization located in the Kibaale District in Uganda.

Please note the geography.  This program is far from Uganda’s capitol.  URDT is located in the small town of Kagadi in the Kibaale District, about 180 miles northwest of Kampala. From the beginning in 1987, the founders were not looking for the easy thing, but rather as they say, “the toughest challenges”  They settled on he Kibaale District would be ideal because it offered a combination of the toughest development challenges:

High infant mortality, high maternal morbidity, low literacy levels and rampant poverty.
The three counties in the Kibaale District were so-called “lost counties” that had suffered a century of neglect because of disputes over land titles and governance.
The district was multi-ethnic, with more than ten tribes making up the population of 416,000.
The district was very rural, with poor roads, no electricity or phones.
There were no NGOs, except for churches.

For twenty years they have experimented in “visionary” rural development methodology, building its rural development program in a demand-driven way, working collaboratively with communities to determine their needs and priorities.

URDT’s mission is to facilitate self-generated development in rural communities. URDT delivers on this mission by combining development projects with education and training so that skills and knowledge remain resident with people as they organically change the quality of their lives.

Follow this link for more on the URDT:

We could use this in Liberia.  EarlyBird endorses the URDT model for rural training and development



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