Canada launches scholarships initiative to aid quake-hit Haiti

13:41, October 24, 2010      

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Saturday the launch of the Canada-Haiti Scholarships Initiative in an effort to help Haitian students resume studies in the aftermath of the earthquake that occurred in January.

In a statement issued in Montreux, Switzerland, where he is attending the 13th Francophonie Summit, Harper said Canada has played an important role in contributing to an effective and coordinated response to the earthquake.

"Today's initiative will help promote education in Haiti, contributing to the country's long-term development and prosperity," he added.

Following the Jan. 12 earthquake that struck Haiti with a profound effect on its education system, academic institutions, students, faculty and administration, the government of Canada, as part of its response to this natural disaster, developed the scholarships initiative.

These scholarships will give 85 students and faculty members the opportunity to study in Canada for one or two semesters.

An additional 30 students will have the opportunity to pursue a certificate program through distance education.

The initiative will also fund 20 innovative projects offering vocational and academic training to Haitian students and faculty.

Source: Xinhua


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