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Tuesday, January 10, 2006 

Nationals Pursue Course in Social Work

January 09, 2006
St. John’s Antigua

Three nationals have been awarded full scholarships to pursue studies in the Principles and Practice of Social Work at the University of West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.

This is according to Emmanuel Gordor, Project Manager for the European Union (EU) Drug Demand Reduction Unit, which falls under the Ministry of Housing, Culture & Social Transformation.

According to Gordor, full scholarships were granted to Reha V. Joseph, Marissa Benjamin, and Causilda Anthony. They traveled to Jamaica on Monday and will spend the next three months there.

The course is designed to meet the needs of persons working in the broad field of social welfare, either as professionals or voluntary workers in recognized agencies, who have not had professional training in social work.

Speaking ahead of the awardees departure, Gordor said he’s delighted that the European Union could assist the country’s quest to develop a cadre of persons who can adequately assist in drug education/reduction. He said this sits comfortable with the EU’s overall mission and hopes that the relationship with the Government/Ministry of Housing, Culture & Social Transformation and the EU can continue for a very long time.

The course is expected to conclude on Thursday 27th April.

This is the second year that the EU is sponsoring delegates to attend the course and two of last year’s awardees have since returned to their position at the Substance Abuse Prevention Division.

For further information contact:
Collin Jno-Finn
Communications Officer
Ministry of Housing, Culture & Social Transformation
Dickenson Bay StreetTel: (268) 562 5698 / 771 4006
Email: collin.jno-finn@antigua.gov.ag

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