By: Patricia Ngwale

Participants pose for a group photo soon after the official opening of the training in Malawi

Participants pose for a group photo soon after the official opening of the training in Malawi

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in agriculture (RUFORUM) and African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) organized a four-day leadership training for female mid-level and senior managers from government departments, public universities and other statutory corporations.

The training which took place in Lilongwe at Ufulu Gardens from 19th to 22nd June 2017 saw 35 participants being equipped with critical factors for women’s professional growth and advancement which include time management, hard work and determination, balancing reproductive and productive roles, personal advancement in education and training, resourcefulness, networking with positive colleagues and deliver with merit and professional touch among others.

Speaking during the opening of the event, Chief Director in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Mrs. Chimwemwe Banda hailed RURORUM and AWARD for the initiative saying the training will strengthen the leadership roles of these mid-career women professionals.

“The course will also strengthen institutions by providing role model leadership based on core values of inclusiveness, performance, transparency, integrity and efficiency,” said Mrs. Banda.

She added that the initiative is in line with the policies of the Malawi government to achieve gender equality and increase the numbers of women in decision making positions at all the levels.

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Mr. Mambu Johnson who also attended the meeting presents his award to President Sirleaf. Photo Credit: Mr. Ousman Diallo-EXECUTIVE MANSION

Monrovia, Liberia:

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday last week received a high-level delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia. The RUFORUM Delegation was accompanied by Education Minister, George K. Werner who was also joined by the Ministers of Youths and Sports as well as Commerce and Industry.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf informed the group that such a high-level visit to Liberia following the deadly Ebola outbreak serves as a motivation for the country and reflects strong commitment from friends of Liberia abroad.
She noted that Liberia needs strong ties with RUFORUM to impact the country’s many tertiary institutions as well as efforts towards a productive scientific agricultural sector development. President Sirleaf also provided highlights on the country’s educational sector, noting some of the many challenges that currently exist.
The Liberian leader thanked the group for visiting Liberia and for their desire to partner with the country’s educational sector and eventually help in fostering a wide collaboration with African universities to mutually build capacity for the continent and strengthen all of its higher institutions of learning.
Speaking during the meeting, the head of delegation, Professor Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary, RUFORUM thanked President Sirleaf for the audience and indicated that all members of his delegation were in Liberia for the first time.
He then briefed President Sirleaf about the composition, goals and mission of RUFORUM and the reason for visiting Liberia. RUFORUM he said, is a Network of 66 African Universities with a mission to engage the capacity of universities in support of Africa’s development particularly the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063.
Professor Adipala congratulated President Sirleaf as the first woman President on the African continent and the first woman to serve as Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. He further congratulated the President for her role in establishing democratic processes and principles that have brought Liberia back to a well-recognized democracy on the continent.
“Let me also thank Your Excellency for the role played in managing successfully the Ebola crisis that your country faced in 2014. You are indeed a great and inspirational leader worth emulating,” he concluded.
In a related development, the meeting was also attended by young Liberian entrepreneur – Mr. Mambu Johnson who is a RUFORUM Award Winner. Mr. Johnson presented his award to President Sirleaf.

Source: The Executive Maison, Liberia – See more at: http://www.emansion.gov.lr/2press.php?news_id=4081&related=7&pg=sp#sthash.cnwCALTd.dpuf

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