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Public opinion sought on work of Limerick based Irish Aid

first_imgEmail Twitter TAGSIrish Aidlimerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleCouncil to put brakes on dangerous driving in RathkealeNext articleLimerick Chamber members to benefit from new digital strategy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsPublic opinion sought on work of Limerick based Irish AidBy Staff Reporter – September 18, 2017 1595 Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Printcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp The Irish Aid offices in Limerick The Irish Aid offices in LimerickPUBLIC submissions on the Irish Aid programme, headquartered in Limerick, are being sought by the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence.Under its review of the Irish Aid programme, the cross party committee wants to hear people’s views on the work carried out by Irish Aid abroad.In 2017 Irish Aid accounts for over €485 million of voted expenditure. That accounts for approximately 80 per cent of Ireland’s official development assistance (ODA), with the remainder disbursed by other Government Departments (a total of €651 million).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Irish Aid office moved to Limerick in 2009 and retains 90 jobs throughout its continued existence in the city centre.Now, the committee is seeking to hear the voice of the people on the work of the State body and committee chairman Brendan Smith TD said that “the review will focus on expenditure and value for money, but will also focus on results and impact, including in a number of specific policy areas, including climate change and the development and humanitarian aspects of the migration crisis.“Despite improvements in levels of extreme poverty, there remain huge development challenges in the most impoverished regions of the world.“Humanitarian crises are on an unprecedented scale. This review will provide an opportunity to highlight some of those very serious challenges and how the Government is responding.“As Ireland’s economic recovery continues, it is also timely for the Joint Committee to take a closer look at the proportion of Gross National Income (GNI) being allocated to overseas aid and how Ireland is meeting its international commitments in that regard.The Joint Committee is now seeking submissions from interested parties and stakeholders.Details of how to make a submission are available by clicking here and the closing date deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday, 13 October.See more news here Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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Nadiem in hot water after PGRI, NU, Muhammadiyah withdraw from education ministry program

first_imgThe Tanoto Foundation is a philanthropic organization focusing on education founded by forestry tycoon Sukanto Tanoto. Meanwhile, the Putera Sampoerna Foundation is deemed by many to have a connection to tobacco giant PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna.The decision to include the two foundations in the program, however, has outraged the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) and the two-largest Muslim organizations in the country, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah. They have expressed their objections and withdrawal from the program.“The ministry’s criteria for selecting participants are unclear,” PGRI chair Unifah Rosyidi wrote in a statement on Friday.Read also: Home learning hindered by technology gap, Nadiem acknowledges Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has come under fire after several organizations voiced their concerns over the involvement of private enterprises in the ministry’s latest teacher training grant program.The Mobilization Organization Program (POP) is part of the minister’s Freedom to Learn initiative that aims to improve the quality of teachers by involving communities and organizations. The ministry had selected 156 out of 4,464 organizations that registered for the program. Among them were the Tanoto Foundation and the Putera Sampoerna Foundation. She added that the ministry should reallocate the program’s budget to help poor students and teachers by providing better infrastructure, especially in rural areas amid school closures during the COVID-19 outbreak.“We don’t think the program can be implemented effectively and efficiently. It’s better to avoid undesirable consequences,” Unifah went on to say.The three organizations were selected to participate in the “Elephant” category of the program, making them eligible for the largest grant of Rp 20 billion (US$1.3 million) to train teachers at 100 schools. Tanoto and Sampoerna foundations were also selected in the same category.The NU’s Maarif Institute chairman, Arifin Junaidi, echoed Unifah’s concern: “It turns out that there are many unqualified organizations and foundations.”Meanwhile, Muhammadiyah’s elementary and middle education assembly chairman, Kasiyarno, said corporate social responsibility (CSR) institutions should not participate in the government’s program.Read also: Distance learning threatens to exacerbate education inequality in IndonesiaIslam-based political party politicians also criticized the ministry’s decision, saying organizations with investors should not participate and get support from the state budget.“Organizations with strong backup don’t need state budget assistance,” National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar said.National Mandate Party (PAN) executive Saleh Daulay called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to replace Nadiem, saying the government needed a minister who understood the country’s problems in education.“It’s no surprise that Muhammadiyah and NU decided to withdraw from the program. […] [Nadiem] doesn’t understand the history of these organizations in Indonesia,” said Saleh.According to the ministry, the program has three funding options: a fully-funded scheme sourced from the state budget, matching funds scheme and self-financing scheme.Tanoto Foundation spokesperson Haviez Gautama said the foundation would choose the self-financing scheme upon participating in the program, while asserting it had no connection to the corporations owned by its founder.“The Tanoto Foundation will invest more than Rp 50 billion [from 2020 to 2022]. We won’t use the government’s money or state budget,” Haviez said, adding that the foundation had proposed no funding in its proposed budget plan for the program.While reaffirming that the foundation had no connection to the tobacco company, Putera Sampoerna Foundation spokesperson Ria Sutrisno said it had chosen the matching-fund scheme upon participating in the program.“We chose a partnership scheme with various parties as our commitment to collaborate in advancing education,” Ria said, as quoted by tempo.co.The foundation has allocated around Rp 70 billion for teachers improvement and Rp 90 billion for education access improvement. Ria, however, did not reveal the amount of funding it would receive from the state budget to run its program. Read also: Pak Nadiem, please send the kids back to schoolResponding to the criticism, Minister Nadiem said the ministry would evaluate the program before its implementation. His office would involve the community and state institutions during the evaluation, he went on to say.“We have to make sure this program is done with accountability and integrity,” Nadiem said during a press briefing on Friday evening.He added that the evaluation would focus on the integrity of the selection process, credibility of selected organizations and the organization’s effectiveness in running the program during the COVID-19 epidemic. “We will also involve parties that have a history in advancing education in the country,” the minister added.Topics :last_img read more

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Robbery suspect killed attempting to flee across Miami expressway

first_imgA robbery suspect was killed on Friday morning after he fled from a vehicle and attempted to cross State Road 112 in Miami.The man, who has not been identified, was being chased by cops after they noticed a robbery in progress at N.W. 49 Street and N.W. 28 Avenue and moved in to nab the suspect.When the police attempted to stop the vehicle but the suspect refused to yield, exited the vehicle and fled on foot. As he attempted to cross the Expressway, he was struck by a taxi cab and died on the spot.The robbery victim and the taxi driver were not injured.last_img

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