As soon as we agreed on the fatality of Ebola Virus Disease, one of the first noticeable actions by the Government of Liberia was the closure of the education system. Sadly, this decision to close schools led to a big decline in school standards and eroded some of the pre-Ebola gains which includes but not limited to increasing school enrollment but saddled with dilapidated buildings, poor teaching tools and learning materials.Majority of our technical and in some instances, management and financial degrees are not considered employable, according to the Human Development Index (HDI) 2014 which measures key dimensions of being knowledgeable and having a decent standard of living, as well as years of schooling for adults, Liberia is ranked 175 and the trends since 1980 is not encouraging. The primary school dropout rate is at 32.23 percent and there is no information available for cross enrolment ratio for pre-primary and tertiary education.Our education system consistently struggles to achieve the scale and impact that could sustain the next generation beyond the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals for education. The condition of students in our schools are unbearable and we need to fix the structure, facilities, equipment and tools so as to catch-up with the digital age of technology.So where do we begin? Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia can begin by expanding and strengthening its peace clubs programme by brining young people to peace building and consolidation initiatives. Foundations, other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Governments and new corporate social responsibility (CSR) as well as wealthy individual donors all have roles to play in ensuring the rights of children and youth to education.While we do not advocate for donor dependency, we believe in the added value of globalization in our rights to education.Conflict resolution, the right to quality education and increased coverage in education demand in-depth knowledge of the complex dynamics at the level of early childhood education to the provision of tertiary education both within and outside the country.Young people can no longer remain just recipients and beneficiaries of education but advocates and contributors to education. We believe in the involvement of young people in the provision of functional education. The same principles should apply in the development of curriculum and educational tools that are relevant to our culture and level of development.MOP-Liberia is pleased to see the involvement of young people in research activities and their recommendations for the inclusion of civil education to the nation’s education curriculum for school children.The Ebola epidemic has brutally exposed the weakness of our healthcare system as well as the limitations of our rights to healthcare and it would be in our best interest to benefit from the lessons learned. We need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation.Until next week when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates-The Right to Social Services,” Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Petroleum Agreement signed with ExxonMobil and its partners provides a good opportunity for the Government of Guyana to craft future contracts to ensure there are different terms to suit the country’s new realities.This view was recently expressed by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who was speaking on the sidelines of a Stakeholder’s Consultation on the Draft National Oil Spill Contingency Plan, hosted at the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).The ExxonMobil contract is slated for review in the next four years, however, Minister Trotman said he will not speculate, but it is expected that by that time, the sector would have been operationalized. Therefore there may be a number of areas Government would want to re-examine.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanMeantime, the Minister said Government has no intention of interfering with the size of the Stabroek Block, which is 6.6 million acres and spans the two extremes of the country’s borders.The People’s Progressive Party Government in 1999 signed an agreement and the block was strategically sized and this Administration, the Natural Resources Minister said, saw the wisdom in this decision.“Despite all that is claimed, the Minister of Natural Resources or whoever the Minister is that has responsibility for thep sector, does have the authority under law to vary the sizes of blocks,” Minister Trotman clarified. He informed that just a few blocks are remaining, some closer to shore and others offshore; however, the Government is still to decide when and to which companies those will be allocated.In response to a question regarding the lumping of the royalties to be received by Guyana under the contracts with Tullow Oil company and others, Minister Trotman said there is “nothing bizarre” about such an arrangement.He cited the fact that there are varying models of production sharing agreements, “and so there is no norm, things have changed but each country determines what is in its best interest.”In this case, the Natural Resources Minister believes this agreement was in the best interest of Guyana, in order to attract investors.With ExxonMobil to commence production in the next two years, Minister Trotman said how the country utilises the revenue accrued, for the benefit of future generations, is most important.“Schooling, healthcare, roads, bridges, the opening of the country, those are the preeminent concerns of mine,” the Minister said.Additionally, he has asked Business Minister Dominic Gaskin to take up the responsibility for local content development.He expects the Draft Local Content Legislation will be finalised by the end of April 2018.
St. Columba’s Parish TermonFr. Patrick Mc Hugh PPPhone/Fax 074-9139016 Emergency Mobile number 086-2831800 Fr. Michael Mc Keever, Churchill at 074-9137057 or daytime at 074-9121208Parish website: www.gartantermon.net or www.raphoeparishes.com/termon.htmSaturday 16th and Sunday 17th of February 2013First Sunday of Lent Weekday Masses & Announced Mass IntentionsSat 16th Feb 7.00pm No IntentionSun 17th Feb9.00am& 11.00am Missa Pro PopuloNo IntentionMon 18th Feb 9.30am Private Intention * Please note the change*Tues 19th Feb 9.30am Private Intention Wed 20th Feb 9.30amPrivate IntentionThurs 21st Feb 7.00pm Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the sickFri 22nd Feb 9.30am Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the ApostlePrivate IntentionSat 23rd Feb 10.00am&7.00pm Private IntentionPrivate IntentionSun 24th Feb 9.00am&11.00am Missa Pro PopuloPrivate IntentionThe Loop Hearing Aid system is currently available for all Ceremonies in this ChurchThe 9.00am Mass every Sunday is offered for the intentions of the people of the parishConfessions are available after Mass on Sat evening & on the First Friday of every Month.Divine Mercy after 10.00am Mass every Saturday except the first Saturday of the Month.**Notes for your diary:First Confessions for Scoil Cholmcille on Wednesday 20th march at 7.00pm.First Holy Communion on Saturday 11th of May at 11.00am.Termon Graveyard Mass on Sunday 14th of July at 7.00pm (the second Sunday in July)Income and Building Fund: €1260 Expenditure: €1405.The next Healing Mass with the Sacrament of Anointing of the sick on Thurs 21st of Feb @7.00pm.If you or anyone you know would be interested in or benefit from going on this years pilgrimage to Lourdes 22nd-27th of May as part of the sick please contact Fr. McHugh:Details are on the Church notice board of this year’s pilgrimage: the cost is €685. per person for 5 nights full board accommodation with optional bus transport to and from Belfast €25 per person travelling. For any information on the Pilgrimage or to book a place, please contact Brenda at the Pilgrimage office, No 3 Knocknamona Letterkenny on 074 9125090 between 10.30am – 2.30pm**Enrolment for Scoil Cholmcille Termon will take place on 22nd February, from 10.00am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.00pm.Stations of the Cross and Benediction this Sunday evening 17th Feb @ 7.00pm.We pray for the retiring Pope Benedict XVII and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the election of his successor.Meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council @ 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th February in the Parochial House.Please take a CHY form from the back of the Church and return it to Fr. McHugh as soon as possible. This tax return applies only to P.A.Y.E workers. Last year we secured €14,097 from this scheme and the amount recovered this year will be used for the work on the new graveyard. Your cooperation in this is greatly appreciated.Craoibhín need your help! We are looking for old photos of the Termon area. It will only take us a few minutes to scan them onto our computer and you can get them back straight away. 6 Week Interior Design course: Starting Wednesday 20th of February 2013 at 7.00pm in Craoibhín. €20 deposit will secure your place, only €50 for course. Contact us for more information and book your place 074-91-19988.Public Meetings organized by Donegal Pro Life In order to raise the public’s awareness of the Governments intentions to legislate for abortion Public Meetings are being held in ‘An Cúirt’ Hotel, Gweedore on Thursday, 21st February, at 8pm and the “The Plaza” Buncrana on Friday, 22nd February at 8pm. For more information please consult the notice board.CLG An Tearmainn Club Notes for Week ending 10/2/2013 are on the notice board.The break down of the Parish accounts for 2012 is available at the back of the Chapel.DD LOCAL: PARISH BULLETIN OF TERMON AND CHURCHILL was last modified: February 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DD LOCAL: PARISH BULLETIN OF TERMON AND CHURCHILL