March 3, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Two new ventures to assist disadvantaged women in Brazil will be led by the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) as part of the One Thousand Women Project.
The project is a joint venture with Canadian colleges to create new career options in local colleges to improve the income, self esteem, and community involvement of Brazilian women. Funding is being provided by the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Brazillian government, and is being managed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges.
"The One Thousand Women Project allows us the opportunity to promote self-sufficiency and share our resources with the rest of the world," said Donald Arseneault, minister of post-secondary education, training and labour. "The project also shows our community college system connecting with communities on a global scale, a need identified in our Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education. This in turn will help enhance the NBCCD by promoting the creative and artistic excellence for which it is known."
NBCCD was selected by the the Brazilian government to teach skills in both fashion and handicrafts to Brazilian women. During the next three years 1,000 women will be trained at 13 colleges throughout Brazil's northern region, in skills designed for self-employment opportunities in local and regional markets.
Officials from Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour; NBCCD staff; Paul Hunt, the Canadian ambassador to Brazil; and representatives of other post-secondary institutions visited Brazil in November 2008 to help facilitate the project. They will be in the country this summer to meet with college partners, and they will return once a year until the project ends in March 2011.
"Being selected to play a lead role in two projects associated with the Brazilian One Thousand Women initiative confirms the integrity of curriculum at the NBCCD, the professionalism and stature of our faculty, and the recognition that craft-and-design education is a key driver of economic, social and cultural growth," said Michael Maynard, NBCCD principal.
More information about the One Thousand Women Project may be found online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sheri Strickland, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617; Michael Maynard, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, 506-453 3766.