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IOM and Galen University sign Capacity Building Cooperation Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

The United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) and Galen University signed a cooperation agreement on Friday, April 6th, 2018. The cooperation exists to build the capacities of state institutions, civil society organizations, international missions, academia, and the private sector. These facets will be integral in the development of the National Migration and Development Policy for Belize, being supported by IOM.

The program will use a bi-modal approach to engage students in presence based workshops, as well as virtual webinars facilitated by IOM technical experts. This will allow participants to learn the main concepts and materials as well as how to apply them in the field. This capacity-building program is being developed in the framework of the “The Regional Program to Strengthen Capacities to Protect and Assist Vulnerable Migrants in Mesoamerica (Mesoamerica Program)” and the “Strengthening the Technical Capacities of the Government of Belize towards Developing a National Migration and Development Policy” Project, both being implemented by IOM.

The program will be running three sessions for an approximate 60 participants. The first sessions will take place on April 26 and 27 and May 4 and will end on the July 19, 20, and 29, respectively. The cost of the program is being sponsored by IOM and is accredited as a three-credit course by Galen University.

Sherry Gibbs, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science at Galen University said that the university “is excited to be working with the IOM in this important and timely program to address the various issues of migration including human rights of migrants, trafficking in persons, migrant smuggling and labor migration, among other topics, at the front line and policymakers’ level.”

Rene Chuc, Head of Office IOM Belize, highlighted that “Implementing this comprehensive program will provide front-line officers, supervisors and policymakers with an in-depth analysis of the cross-cutting topics of migration and development. This will set a robust foundation for the practical exchange of ideas during the development of the National Migration and Development Policy, resulting in a policy that better fits the needs of the country and ensures the respect of migrant rights.”