TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/04/13 -- Vulnerable children in Africa and persons with disabilities in South Asia will see their lives improved thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and York University. Today, Member of Parliament Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, the Honourable Julian Fantino, announced Canada's support for two initiatives to help advance education and economic growth prospects in the developing world.
"Through this partnership with York University, Canadians can take pride in knowing that teachers in Kenya will receive better training to help elementary and secondary school students in refugee camps," said MP Brown. "Students at York University will also have the opportunity to participate in an initiative that will increase the employability and livelihoods of people with disabilities in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal."
The first investment will help York University train 400 Kenyan teachers to enhance the quality of education provided to some 18,000 students, primarily in refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya. The second investment will support the university's efforts to influence employers to hire and promote persons with disabilities in South Asia, which will help close to 10,000 people in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal find sustainable employment and increase their household incomes.
"CIDA is working with Canadian universities to deliver tangible results for those most in need around the world," added MP Brown. "By tapping into the expertise of York University, Canada will help provide vulnerable children, women, and men with the essentials for sustainable livelihoods over the long term."
"York University is proud of our research leaders in this area," said Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University. "CIDA's funding allows our researchers to grow and strengthen their innovative research programs and international collaborations aimed at developing solutions to complex challenges in regions of the Global South."
"Researchers at York University are taking an active leadership role in working together with partners around the world to inform public policy, create new knowledge, and provide insights into complex social and economic challenges facing the international community," said Robert Hache, Vice-President, Research & Innovation, York University.
The two projects will be funded through CIDA's Partners for Development program, for close to $6.2 million.
For more information, please visit: www.cida.gc.ca/partnership.
University Call for Proposals - List of Announced Projects
CIDA's Partners for Development Program aims to leverage the development expertise and initiative of Canadians by funding the most meritorious proposals put forward by Canadian organizations to deliver development results on the ground. Following a 2011 call for proposals, Canadian universities are receiving support from CIDA to implement targeted development projects around the world for up to five years.
These selected Canadian universities will work with institutions and organizations in developing countries to ensure that the results will directly benefit people in need. Their projects will stimulate sustainable economic growth, secure the future of children and youth, increase food security, and improve the health of mothers, newborns and children.
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