Liberia May Rectify Arms Treaty Trade ‘Shortly’

first_imgThe president of the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), Mr. Baffour Amoa, has disclosed that Liberia will “very shortly rectify” the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which has been signed by at least 130 nations, including Liberia.The ATT, which was signed on April 2, 2013 by those 130 nations, has only been rectified by 66 nations. Of that that number, 10 African nations have rectified it. Among the 10, seven are in the West Africa region.The WAANSA president, who met with journalists and civil society advocates over the weekend, said his two-man delegation had discussions with senior level Liberian government officials and was able to push for Liberia’s rectification of the treaty to which it was already a signatory.Mr. Amoa disclosed that a senior security advisor in the government had assured him that the document would be rectified anytime this week. Among those his delegation conferred with are the President, Senate officials, National Security Advisors and Defense Ministry officials.  On reasons why the rectification of the document had been delayed from the Liberian government side, Mr. Amoa told the Daily Observer that officials he spoke with had cited “administrative matters” as the cause of the delay.Asked how Liberia stands to benefit when the ATT is rectified by the Legislature, the WAANSA president said, “Liberia and the rest of West Africa hope to achieve less proliferation of arms in this region.” He also stated that every arm and ammunition entering into Liberia will be marked and accounted for, beginning with the manufacturers and end-users.The Treaty, Mr. Amoa explained, requires all member states to present a list of weapons that would be regulated under the treaty. “The treaty also stipulates that states register and recognize all arms brokers within their borders,” he said warning that sanctions would be imposed on any member nation which goes against the treaty.The other ATT delegate, Mr. Amandou Musa Maigon, president, West Africa Journalists’ Network for Security, Peace and Development, stated that most times it is the ordinary people who suffer the most as a result of arms conflict.Mr. Maigon, who is the vice president for WAANSA, urged civil society representatives at the meeting to lobby with state actors to rectify the Treaty.The objectives of the Treaty are to establish the highest possible common international standards for regulating or improving the regulation of the international trade in conventional arms; prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion.Its goals are also to contribute to international and regional peace, security and stability; reduce human suffering; and promote cooperation, transparency and responsible action by State Parties in the international trade in conventional arms, thereby building confidence among State Parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NEW GAELCHOLÁISTE PROPOSED FOR SOUTH DONEGAL SCHOOL CHILDREN

first_imgA committee has been set up to assess demand for the establishment of a Gaelcholáiste, a new Irish language secondary school serving the south of the county.While there are three Irish language primary schools in the region, Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré in Sligo, Gaelscoil Chluainín in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim and Gaelscoil Eirne in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, to date there is no second-level Irish medium school.Now there is a proposal for a secondary school in Sligo. Carol Ní Chormaic, Chairperson of the Gaelcholáiste 2015 Committee, told us: “Immersion education is regarded by many as the best way to learn Irish and most immersion students can be expected to reach a greater level of second language proficiency than students in other school-based language programmes.“The new Irish language secondary school, Gaelcholáiste, which we hope will commence in September 2015, will not only serve the pupils of the existing Irish-medium primary schools but will also be open to pupils who attend English-medium schools in the region.“Indeed pupils from all lingustic and cultural backgrounds will be most welcome in the school.”Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré were recently sanctioned an additional Junior Infant class to cater for increased demand for Irish medium education in the primary sector. According to principal Mícheál Ó Broin, the importance of continuity in the all-Irish education sector, with children progressing from Naíonra to Gaelscoil to Gaelcholáiste, cannot be overstated.“The decision of the Department of Education and Skills to sanction an extra class in our school satisfies increasing demand in the region and contributes to the viability of an all-Irish second-level facility,” he said.The benefits of immersion education, and in this case education in an all-Irish school where all subjects except English are taught through Irish, has been well documented globally over the past three decades.A recent study shows that pupils of Irish-medium schools achieved greater than the national average levels in reading and writing in both English and Irish. Further studies also indicate that immersion students perform as well as, or better than, non-immersion peers in mathematics. Furthermore, research by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland shows that pupils of Irish-medium schools attained a higher academic standard than other pupils in the same age group.There is also evidence to suggest that an all-Irish education actually enhances English language development and that students who obtain an all-Irish education learn further languages with greater ease. Data from European countries suggests that bi-lingual children often find it easier to acquire other languages and a study in the Basque Country found that bi-lingual students show a greater ability in learing a third language. Research also shows that students from all-Irish schools have a greater tolerance of other cultures and are more open to cultural diversity due to the cultural enrichment they experience.Members of the Gaelcholáiste 2015 committee will contact primary schools in the region in the coming weeks to arrange the circulation of questionnaires to parents with view to assessing demand for an Irish-medium secondary school. For information, email gaelcholasite2015@gmail.com.Ends.Further Information: Anna Ní Bhroin,Gaelcholáiste 2015 Committeeannanibhroin@yahoo.ie(087) 0667600NEW GAELCHOLÁISTE PROPOSED FOR SOUTH DONEGAL SCHOOL CHILDREN was last modified: May 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyshannonGaelscoil Eirnelast_img read more