Transition Task Force Releases Report

first_img providing relevant career information to youth earlier reviewing high school and upgrading programs helping more apprentices, college and university students complete their education and training, and to do so more quickly giving employers a greater voice in influencing some programs in schools, colleges and universities The Transition Task Force released a report today, June 21, that contains 15 recommendations to help youth get the training and education they need to find meaningful work in Nova Scotia. “The Transition Task Force was a diverse group of people united by the single purpose of building a stronger economy with a well-trained and educated workforce,” said Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, president and vice-chancellor at Saint Mary’s University. “The report contains recommendations we believe will have the most impact on helping young Nova Scotians get the education and training they need to live and work at home.” Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey and Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan accepted the report and thanked the task force members for their work. “Our government is committed to seeing more young people find meaningful work here at home,” said Ms. Regan. “Our budget this year is investing more than $12 million in programs that provide the skills, training and experience needed to connect young people to a career here in Nova Scotia.” The task force included representation from youth and students, teachers and principals, school boards, the Nova Scotia Community College, the apprenticeship system, universities, the African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaw communities, and business and industry. Recommendations from the task force include: “The insight and expertise of the task force members is critical to the direction we will take to help more youth successfully move out of school into college, university, apprenticeship and the workforce,” said Ms. Casey. “I thank the Transition Task Force members for the time and energy they have invested since last fall.” The province will report on progress throughout the year, as action is undertaken. The ministers also agreed to reconvene the task force members in fall 2017 for a round table session to review and discuss progress. The Transition Task Force was established as part of Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education www.ednet.ns.ca . Ensuring youth have the best possible chance for a successful future in Nova Scotia is supported by the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition www.wechoosenow.ca/ .last_img read more

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Security Council backs new stability pact for Africas Great Lakes region

In a statement read out by its President, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar, the Council commended the countries of the region for the successful conclusion of last week’s Second Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, where the agreement was reached.It also welcomed the decision to establish a regional follow-up mechanism to include a Conference secretariat and to establish its offices in Bujumbura, Burundi.The Council extended the mandate of the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the region for a final period of three months, until 31 March 2007, with a view to ensuring “regional ownership” of the follow-up mechanism and successfully completing the transition to the conference secretariat. In addition, the Council appealed for international assistance for the Special Fund for Reconstruction and Development in the region and for implementation of the Pact by the parties. Special Representative Ibrahima Fall told the 15-member body that the Pact came with a twofold commitment by the 11 countries involved to ratify it quickly and to respect its spirit pending ratification. The collective political will of the region’s leaders was reflected through the preparatory process, which included the participation of representatives of the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and others. “These actors made a contribution at every level,” he said.Attending the summit in Nairobi when the Pact was adopted were six Heads of State and one Head of Government, representing Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya.A Protocol on Non-Aggression and Mutual Defence in the Great Lakes Region establishes the foundations to prevent conflicts. Member States also pledged to criminalize any act of aggression or subversion against other States by individuals or groups operating in their respective States.Among the many participants at today’s Council meeting was Liberata Mulamula, First Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, who said the body would face the “enormous” task of putting into place legal, financial and administrative processes for implementing the Pact. read more

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