The Education for Rural People (ERP) initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organised a workshop which was held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 4 to 5 June 2009. The workshop aimed at fostering the partnership between and within countries and agencies that are necessary to strengthen education and training of rural people, sharing successful policies and practices as well as challenges and coming to a joint understanding of key actions to which the diverse stakeholders could contribute.
The workshop gathered national and international policy-makers, managers and experts responsible for education and training for rural people as well as civil society organizations. Among the invitees was Carolin Grieshop for MIJARC. Other invitees were from the main strategic partners operating in Africa.
One out of six people is suffering from hunger and illiteracy
The situation of education and training in many African countries is characterized by low school access and achievement among rural people.
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more information about the workshop: http://www.fao.org/sd/erp/erpeventsworkshopjune2009_en.htm
Pontifical Council for laity and the youth section of Vatican invited MIJARC to take part in an International Meeting which held in Rome from 3 to 5 April 2009.
The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate WYD in Sydney 2008 and to initiate the pastoral and logistic planning of WYD in Madrid 2011. One person from National Bishops conferences and International Youth Movements, Associations and Communities were only invited for this important meeting. Representatives from the Australian and Spanish organising committees were also present. This meeting evaluated the pastoral impact of the Sydney WYD2008 and organisational aspects as well as made proposals for the planning of the forthcoming Madrid WYD 2011 where it is expecting about 2million young people from all over the world..click here to download press release as pdf