Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2003
Minister for International Cooperation Recognizes Trent Contribution to International Development
Hon. Susan Whelan highlights INSTRUCT accomplishments
The Honourable Susan Whelan, Minister for International Cooperation, this morning recognized Trent University’s accomplishments abroad and encouraged its students to continue to their work to make a difference internationally.
What students decide to do with their lives today, will help determine what the world will become, Minister Whelan told more than two dozen students, all with various education and experience in international development. The Minister had previously met two of the students working in Ghana in April 2002.
The Minister and MP Peter Adams were on-hand to recognize the success of Trent University’s INSTRUCT (Inter-American Networking for Studies and Training in [Natural] Resource Usage for Community Transformation) Program in furthering the objectives of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). On behalf of the federal government and Trent University, INSTRUCT Project Coordinator Linda Slavin and Dean of Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Chris Metcalfe were presented with certificates of appreciation.
Minister Whelan highlighted the accomplishments of INSTRUCT in enhancing the capacity of institutions and communities in Ecuador and Mexico to promote environmental remediation related to the Integrated Ecosystem Management of two watersheds - the Rio Texcoco watershed of Mexico and the Lago San Pablo watershed of Ecuador.
"Trent and its partners should be proud of what they’ve done," said Minister Whelan, adding young Canadians can and are taking action to have a positive impact beyond their borders.
Through university and community partnerships in education and training, research and community development, INSTRUCT provides students with opportunities to support grass roots initiatives that are building new capacity in Ecuador and Mexico.
Among its accomplishments in Mexico, INSTRUCT has established a recycling program in 22 schools, an Annual Environmental Youth Congress that attracts 3,500 people and the development of curriculum for a master of science program in Integrated Ecosystem Management. Meanwhile in Ecuador, the construction of two engineered wetland systems for the treatment of household wastewater has been undertaken as well as the creation of a community tourism network and training at the secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels in natural resource management-related themes.
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