UNISFA Police selected as International Female Police Peacekeeper 2017

Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota from Zimbabwe has received the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award for her service and achievements in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

The award was given at the International Women and Law Enforcement Conference in Cairns, Australia on 18 September.

Ms. Chota is the first police officer from Zimbabwe to receive the award. It recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of female police officers serving the United Nations and is bestowed annually since 2011.

As head of the Gender and Children Affairs unit in the police component of UNISFA, Ms. Chota helped establish a women’s network in Abyei. Through training workshops and campaigns with local communities, Ms. Chota contributed to a shift in how communities deal with rape, domestic violence, child marriages and forced marriages, by recognising rape of a wife by a husband as an offence. As a result, more women are reporting gender-based violence, and in the absence of a police service in Abyei, community protection committees can now record and recognize sexual and gender-based crimes.

Upon receiving the award, Ms. Chota stressed that it underscores “the value of hard work, professionalism, teamwork and discipline, which every peacekeeper must exhibit”.

United Nations Police Adviser, Police Commissioner Stefan Feller lauded Ms. Chota’s efforts to promote community-oriented policing in Abyei. “Assistant Inspector of Police Annah Chota made a key contribution towards restoring trust of the public in the police and encouraging children, women and men in Abyei to become partners in preventing and detecting crime,” he said.

The United Nations participation at the annual conference aims to reach and attract more police women to join the 1,098 female police officers from 69 countries, which are serving as United Nations police officers in UN Peacekeeping Missions. It is part of the United Nations Global Effort initiative, together with Member States, to reach 20 percent women in UN police by 2020. For UN delegation members, the conference is followed by a training workshop on how to strengthen the host State police capacity to prevent sexual and gender-based violence.

Zimbabwe provides 85 police officers to UN operations in South Sudan (UNMISS), Sudan (UNAMID), and Abyei (UNISFA) and Guinea Bissau (UNIOGBIS), 31 percent of which are women.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

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UK government continues to support Zambia’s education sector

Deputy British High Commissioner Andrew Hamilton today spoke at a certificate giving ceremony for Cambridge and Edexcel exams students. He said:

It is an honour to be here this morning on behalf of the British High Commission.

When I was asked to attend the certificate giving for the Cambridge and Edexcel exams I’ll be honest, I got rather nervous. I was nervous because I knew that last year we had over 3,000 Zambians taking the exams, which meant I was going to have to get my cheek muscles working overtime for the amount of smiling I was going to have to do when presenting the certificates. I’m delighted that we’ve got a representative group rather than the whole lot here today!

The 3,000 is part of a bigger group of nearly 22,000 exams provided by UK exams boards, undertaken by students in Zambia in the past 12 months. I’m delighted that schools and education institutions in Zambia still recognise the UK education sector as the best in the world. Cambridge and Edexcel exams in particular have given opportunities to thousands of Zambians to continue their secondary education and prepare them for university. I hope that many of you will choose the UK as your destination of choice for your higher learning.

Now is the perfect time to go; the latest Higher Education global rankings recently recognised two British Universities, Oxford and Cambridge, as the world’s best. Of course, I’m biased, but having two children who’ve recently completed their university studies I can promise you that not only will the academic course fully meet your expectations, the exceptional diversity and cultural opportunities that you’ll benefit from will help you realise your full potential. Last year we had over half a million international students from 200 countries study in the UK. So it not only offers exposure to the UK’s rich history and culture, but a networking opportunity that’s truly global.

The UK has always been an outward looking country, keen to export our skills and products for use by others. Whether that’s our expertise in financial services (as with the Lord Mayor of London’s visit to Zambia last week), the Premier League (which seems to be gaining ever more followers from abroad) or our cutting-edge educational programmes, the UK has, and always will, remain keen to share. I am pleased that the UK Government, specifically in Zambia the British Council, has continued to support efforts of the government of Zambia in providing quality education. UK qualifications are globally recognised which ensures candidates have opportunities to work not just in Zambia but anywhere in the world.

As parents, teachers and those responsible for the pastoral care of students, we all want what is best for our children. Often this will involve making sacrifices to allow our children the opportunities that we may not have had. I hope, seeing your children succeed and do so well in these examinations will show that your efforts were worthwhile.

Of course, there is always more that we can do. The British Council is working with 10 partner institutions in Lusaka, including the University of Zambia, providing them with examination services, quality assurance and supporting professional development of their tutors. I’m delighted we’re now looking further afield and have partnered with the Copperbelt University to offer the first IELTS exams session outside of Lusaka and we look forward to developing that relationship further. It is right that, for Zambia to develop all of its children to their fullest potential, we look to take our expertise out of the capital.

Once again, I’m thrilled to have been invited here today to participate in this ceremony, and congratulations to all those who are receiving their certificates.

Thank you.

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Media Advisory: World Environmental Health Day 2017

The Department of Health joins the World to commemorate the World Environmental Health Day on the 26-27 September 2017. The theme for World Environmental Health Day is “Indoor & Outdoor Air Quality”. The theme is focused on the effects of poor air quality, including both indoor and outdoor air pollution to the population, particularly children under five years as they are at risk of developing life time respiratory complications from exposure to poor air quality.

In honouring the memory of the late Alfred Nzo, a ‘Health Inspector’ in Alexander, who’s experiences of poor living conditions of people in the Alexander township, forged much of the understanding of the lives of millions of South Africans in the 1950s, the National Department of Health will present Alfred Nzo Environmental Health Excellence Awards to deserving Municipalities, Points of Entry and Environmental Health Students. The categories are as follows:

  • Best Performing Environmental Health Student.
  • Best performing Point of Entry in terms of Environmental health norms and standards.
  • Best compliant point of entry in terms of the international health regulations 2005.
  • Best performing municipality in terms of Environmental health norms and standards.
  • Best Improved Municipality in terms of Environmental health norms and standards.
  • Best Innovative Municipality in environmental health.
  • Best practice municipality in environmental health.

In recognition of the World Environmental health Day the Department of Health has the following Key Messages:

  • Protect the air we breathe, protect the future.
  • Making all places safe for our children.
  • Know how poor air pollution affects your health.

The Department of Health would like to urge all South Africans to live a healthy life by keeping the environment clean and prevent the spread of diseases.

Media is invited to cover the event as follows:
Date: 26-27 September 2017
Time: 09:00
Venue: Umfolozi Hotel & Resort, KwaZulu Natal Province.
For RSVP: Tlou Tlhako: Mobile: 071 382 7425.

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The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) to Launch NDP School Competition

The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) will launch the annual National Development Plan (NDP) school debate and essay competition as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of the adoption of the NDP under the theme “Define your Ideal South Africa of 2030 and play your part”.

The competition seeks to create awareness and educate youth about the NDP 2030 as an overarching plan for the country, highlight the importance of education as one of the NDP outcomes and encourage society to play their part in making vision 2030 a success.

18 learners who are in grades, 11 and 12 comprising of nine teams from all nine provinces have been selected to participate in debate competition that Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission will officially launch on Tuesday 26th September 2017.

The debate will be on topics such as, “What can be done to achieve the goals of vision 2030” and will be judged by representatives from the DPME, DBE, National Planning Commission (NPC) and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).

The essay competition will be targeted at grade 12 learners with the essay topic; “Define your ideal SA of 2030”.

Details of the events are as follows:
1st session, first round eliminations
Date: Monday, 25 Sept 2017
Time: 08h00 – 14h00
Venue: DPME offices, Grosvenor and Francis Baard Street, Hatfield, Pretoria.

2nd session, Debate session and pronouncement of winners and prize giving
Date: Tuesday, 26 Sept 2017
Time: 10h00 to 14h00
Venue: GCIS Auditorium, Tshedimosetso House, 1035 Francis Baard and Festival Street, Hatfield, Pretoria.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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