No matter the language, the verdict is the same. There can be no progress without peace, no growth without peace, no development without peace and no healing without peace and forgiveness.The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus will not be burnt out without peace and the cooperation of everyone.It would take a super human coordinated effort from everyone and the support from international community, working in unity, cohesion and in peace time to burn out Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the region. We need this synergy to combat Ebola disease.Over the weekend, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, through funding support from Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, conducted a three-day Ebola Education Outreach Program in four communities, including Clara Town, Newport, Buchanan and Carey Streets. The outcome of the education outreach was frightening as we discovered that most young people are still in denial and have limited information on the spread of Ebola, symptoms, prevention and control measures.Sometimes, in unprecedented situations like this, we might have to look back, especially at the epicenter of the outbreak, to see where we are going and how we are doing. We need to re-examine our strategy to curb this disease. We also need to examine the integrated nature of EVD and its interconnectedness. The death of one Liberian affects us all.It is our opinion that the spread of EVD is systemic and we need a systemic approach to deal with it. To prevent and control EVD, the Government of Liberia (GOL) needs to develop an excellent contact tracking system, to include weekly reporting and solicitation of support from members of the public. We need to enforce the quarantine of persons who have come in close contact with infected individual(s); we need a good laboratory system to address the issue of false negative laboratory results and we need improved as well as increase access to and strengthen our health care facilities. Efforts should be put in place to normalize governance and address on going austerity measures. The closure of schools and other public institutions affects our livelihood.As young people, we do have a major role to play in the prevention and control of EVD. The disease has put a severe strain on our health system, our health workers and others.We need to show restraints and adhere to measures put in place by authorities. Don’t put your family and other community in danger; don’t go around to others if you are exhibiting symptoms of Ebola. Call the health hotlines immediately and listen to your health workers; they know best how to help you.There is need for order and orderliness. Patience, as our overwhelmed first responders put in place control measures. High standards of hygiene practices should be encouraged. We are happy to see the use of chlorinated water and soap in public places.The need for tolerance, respect, and discipline during this unusual time cannot be overemphasized. Most importantly, we need to give support to individuals, families, communities, national and international assistance.Ultimately, like all viral diseases, Ebola would burn itself out, don’t get burnt out with it. Be part of a collective action to burn out Ebola from the region. According to Kwame Nkrumah-the former President of Ghana- “We face neither East not West, We face forward”We are grateful for the support received thus far, especially with the news to give the drug ZMapp to infected persons in Liberia. There is need to do more. We concur with President Obama that the Ebola virus, is controllable if we have a strong public health infrastructure. At MOP, we believe we can burn out Ebola if we have a resilient young population to provide much need education, help dispel rumors and allay fear.Until next week, Peace First, Peace, above all, May Peace PrevailShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With a view to women reaching the highest pinnacle, First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger yesterday urged women and girls to develop their capacity in Information Communication Technology, and to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger flanked on the left by Co-Founder of SheLeadsIt, Nicole Pitter-Patterson, and on the right by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Hon. Catherine Hughes (PTI) and Minister of Business, Hon. Dominic Gaskin along with students and teachers.The First Lady was at the time speaking at the launching of the Girls in ICT Day 2018 Caribbean Tech Lab-Guyana.“ICT can provide women and girls with education job training, promote literacy, improve access to health care, enable the exercise of legal rights and participation in government,” Mrs. Granger noted.Recent statistics from the United Nations show that 90 percent of the jobs in the near future will require these qualifications.Telecommunications Public Minister Cathy Hughes continued her mantra that with the emergence of the local oil and gas industry, the need for an ICT proficient population is even more relevant.“I want you to see the many possibilities that will be open to you when you continue to acquire higher skills and training in ICT,” the Minister urged the female students.Students at Thursday’s tech lab will benefit from teaching on topics such as Design Thinking with Google, and Introduction to Website Development.The Tech Lab is an initiative of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) spearheaded by GeoTech Vision in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, Cerulean Incorporated, Sites Gy, and Roraima Airways.Initiatives under the Girls in ICT day contribute to country targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5: Gender equality and empowerment for women and girls.
Management at Kelly’s Centra have expressed their delight at being shortlisted for the prestigious ‘Zero Project’ award which recognises businesses for providing people with disabilities with employment. The hugely popular businesses was nominated for the project back in June, but have now been formally shortlisted.Manager of Kelly’s Centra, Mairtin Kelly expressed his delight, and stated that the company would continue to dedicate themselves to create job opportunities for those with disabilities. Kelly told Donegal Daily, “We’re delighted our store complex was nominated for this prestigious World wide award by James McClean, a community Activist from Letterkenny specializing in promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in everyday life.“In line with the guidelines outlined in the UNCRPD (The United Nations Convention on Rights for People with Disabilities) of which he worked on the formulation of in New York.“Kelly’s was nominated as they have consistently shown an openness and encouragement to people with disabilities to become part of Kelly’s diverse workforce, they also try to make people with disabilities and their families welcome as customers in their complex as well.”About the Zero Project: The Zero Project has completed the nomination process for Innovative Practices and Policies in the field of employment, work and vocational education and training. It has received 213 nominations for Innovative Practices and 47 for Innovative Policies from more than 70 countries in the worldVienna/Geneva 12th July 2016: The Zero Project researches the status of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) around the world and, this year, is focusing on employment, work and vocational education and training.The nomination process started in May 2016 and the Call for Nominations of Innovative Practices, as well as Innovative Policies, closed at the end of June. The process of carefully screening, shortlisting, voting on, and finally selecting the Innovative Practices and Policies 2017 of the Zero Project has now already begun.The Zero Project received an astounding 260 Nominations from 77 countries. What this demonstrates is a global movement of practitioners advancing opportunities in employment, work and vocational education and training “on the ground,” supporting persons with all kinds of disabilities in all contexts.The overall aim is to award a total of around 50 Innovative Practices and 10 Innovative Policies at the next Zero Project Conference in February 2017 at the UN Vienna. Delight as Kelly’s Centra shortlisted for disability employment award was last modified: September 7th, 2016 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:awardDisabilityKelly’s CentranewsShortlisted