Ernerst D. Jallah A child right advocate has said that there is a need for the Government of Liberia to put the well-being of children on the top of its priority lists.Ernest Duku Jallah, 21, who is an activist for quality education said that child labor and abuse, equal and quality education for every Liberian child are some challenges affecting Liberian children that citizens must demand from the Government of Liberia to address.Some participants at the Day of African Child program“It is our right to demand the government to enact actions to defeat child labor and abuse. It is our right to demand that children of our country receive the quality education needed to make their lives successful,” said Jallah. “Our girls should not have reasons to trade their womanhood for survival. They must have an opportunity to choose between options for livelihood. We must present all of our children the same and equal opportunities to make their lives better.”Jallah served as a keynote speaker at a one-day commemoration program of the Day of African Child. The one-day event took place in Paynesville and it was organized by the Youth for Sustainable Development Initiative.Earlier, Ekies Divine who made a special statement on behalf of Liberian children recommended that the Government of Liberia engage its partners and local organizations to conduct combined actions to ensure the realization of child rights at all times.“I encourage African leaders to take the situation surrounding the violation of child rights seriously and take appropriate measures to ensure their well-being. It is important to know that creating awareness on children’s rights is essential,” Ekies stressed. “There is a need to draw attention to the situation of those who are particularly vulnerable to every form of violence.”The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991 when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity, now African Union. The day honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Johannesburg, 25 September 2013 – Infrastructure in South Africa was foremost on the agenda as a group of African journalists embarked on a media tour, hosted by Brand South Africa. The journalists work for various media organisations based in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.During the tour, journalists will be exposed to South Africa’s infrastructure through the motor industry value chain. Journalists will see the full spectrum of production to shipment and will visit sites in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban. The tour is also intended to profile and highlight the opportunities for intra-African trade and how South Africa supports this continental priority.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said, “South Africa’s infrastructure gained momentum in the run up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and has over the years expanded as the foundation of a national growth and development strategy. Our transport, water, electricity and telecommunications networks are being extended and we are thus strengthening the fabric of South African communities. Recent studies have also indicated that in terms of innovation, our country is performing strongly.”On Wednesday, the delegation travelled via the Gautrain from Johannesburg to Pretoria. There, they toured the Roslyn Nissan site, which is a key vehicle manufacturing and assembly plant. The plant is a leader in sound environmental practice with regards to vehicle manufacturing and has won numerous awards for its environmental efforts. This was followed by a visit to the Automotive Supplier Park in Tshwane, which is a Gauteng Provincial government Initiative aimed at stimulating economic growth and job creation in the automotive industry, through investment in strategic infrastructure.As part of the day’s activities, journalists also visited Freedom Park during which efforts to build the emotional, psychological and social capital of the country’s citizens through reconciliation and healing was showcased.The journalists are this week also scheduled to visit Johannesburg’s City Deep Port, Durban’s New Cargo Port and the Moses Mabhida Stadium, among other sites.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgVisitwww.brandsouthafrica.comEnds
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rural business development in Ohio and West Virginia is getting a boost thanks to a $200,000 grant presented to the Ohio Cooperative Development Center, housed at The Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon.The funding is one of 29 grants awarded Oct. 3 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Rural Cooperative Development Grant program. The federal agency awards a total of $5.8 million to help rural cooperatives create jobs and support business expansion, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a written statement.“America’s rural communities have incredible potential to create jobs and expand economic opportunities,” Vilsack said in the statement. “Many rural businesses and organizations are succeeding under the cooperative business model, and with access to additional resources, they can boost job creation and create an environment where more products are made in rural America.”The grant will be used to help businesses and individuals in rural Ohio and West Virginia explore cooperative opportunities in several industries, including energy and wood products, according to Sam Rikkers, administrator of USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, who announced the grant awardees during a visit to the centers in Piketon.The grant will provide the opportunity for groups exploring cooperatives and for emerging cooperatives to access one-on-one technical assistance throughout their development process, said Hannah Scott, program manager of the Ohio Cooperative Development Center.The center is part of Ohio State University Extension’s work to increase economic productivity and job and business development in the region. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.“The center’s mission revolves around rural economic development,” Scott said. “We provide assistance to businesses in order for them to become drivers of economic growth in their communities.“We’re appreciative of USDA’s support of this work this year and throughout our history. OCDC has been working in Ohio since 2000 and has recently expanded to offer services in West Virginia.”As a result of the funding, the development center will provide a seed grant program to develop and expand cooperatives, she said, with a goal to assist 20 businesses and eight startups.The grant will provide a beneficial boost to the region, Scott said.According to the Appalachian Regional Commission, residents in Appalachian Ohio and West Virginia experienced 8.9 and 7.2% unemployment, respectively, from 2011 through 2013, with a per-capita income in 2013 of $24,855 and $26,020 and a three-year poverty rate of 17.6 and 17.9%, respectively.During the past five years, the center has provided more than 2,900 hours of technical assistance and has assisted with the formation of 35 cooperatives and other business entities in a variety of industries, Scott said.That has resulted in an estimated 194 new jobs and 229 retained jobs. It has also resulted in the investment of $72,000 in seed grants, she said.Examples of work that the USDA grant can fund include conducting feasibility studies, developing business plans, providing leadership and operational improvement training, and facilitating strategic planning for individuals and businesses in rural areas, Scott said.For more information on the Ohio Cooperative Development Center and its programs, contact Scott at 740-289-2071, ext. 227, or email@example.com.
Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala on Wednesday said that his party was in the process of forging an alliance with “like-minded outfits” to contest the Lok Sabha poll and an announcement in this regard will be made within four days. The Hisar MP said a three-member panel of the JJP, that includes K.C Bangar, S.S. Kadian and State unit chief Nishan Singh, has prepared a report which will be discussed with party patron Ajay Chautala, who will take a final call on the tie-up issue. He indicated that the Aam Aadmi Party could be on board among the like-minded parties, while some smaller outfits, which may not put up candidates to fight the election, could also be among those who extend support to the JJP.Mr. Dushyant Chautala said only one member from his family will be contesting the general election. “Within four days, we will come out with details and make an announcement,” he said.