April 20, 2010
DIEPPE (CNB) - An $8-million partnership has been reached between the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), Dieppe campus, and the African nation of Mali. The agreement with the Ministry of Education, Literacy and National Languages (MEALN) of Mali is intended to help that country improve its ability to repair school textbooks so that more will be available to students there.
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault made the announcement today.
"I am pleased that the CCNB, Dieppe campus, has signed this agreement with the Malian Ministry of Education, Literacy and National Languages," Arseneault said. "This partnership is part of the internationalization efforts for post-secondary institutions in New Brunswick and encourages the student clientele and the public to open up to the world."
The five-year program expands the private repair service to all of Mali by establishing teams of repairers trained locally. As a result, the country will have a labour force able to repair school textbooks and manage micro-businesses. CCNB experts in graphic design, forwarding/printing, teaching, marketing and communications, entrepreneurship, community facilitation and project management will support the efforts of the MEALN.
"As fellow members of la Francophonie, New Brunswick has a long history of collaboration with Mali, which includes a co-operation agreement signed in 2008," said Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert, who is also the minister responsible for la Francophonie. "New Brunswickers can be proud of the role we have played in working with our friends in la Francophonie, be it in providing educational assistance for Mali or disaster relief following the recent earthquake in Haiti."
This agreement is the result of a three-year pilot project conducted by the CCNB, Dieppe campus, with the MEALN, which took place in the Kayes region of Mali.
"Inspired by a New Brunswick experiment, the innovative character of the private textbook repair service brings added value to various levels, including the emergence of a new trade, job creation for young people, the development of a local economy, an improved student/textbook ratio, and improved living conditions for people and their families," said Marcelle Dugas, manager of international development at CCNB, Dieppe campus.
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.