Nova Scotia students earned an Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence for their innovative business ideas during an awards ceremony, Wednesday, April 25, at Saint Mary’s University Sobey School of Business. Nine finalists competed for an award, by pitching their business ideas, Dragon’s Den style, to a panel of five judges from the business and education communities. “Each of the nine finalists demonstrated strong entrepreneurial skills and spirit,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Having an entrepreneurial mindset is a key component of building a stronger economy and future for Nova Scotia. “I want to congratulate the winners, along with all the participants and their teachers. I’m very excited to see their ideas transform into reality.” The province, in partnership with the Business Education Council, invited students from grades six to 12 to submit their business ideas for the award. This was the first year for the event which featured cash prizes in three categories: social enterprise, technology and innovation/creativity. Each winner received $1,000 to help turn their ideas into reality, along with a mentorship with a member of the business community. The winners for this year’s award are: “Our students are learning that entrepreneurship is more than a job option or career,” said Sean Kent, teacher at Eastern Shore District High School, Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax Regional Municipality. “It really represents a shift in thinking, behaviour and lifestyle that can be applied across all jobs and careers.” The Business Education Council was established in 2015 to create a relationship between government and business leaders. The goal of the council is to provide more positive and productive career opportunities for students. “Entrepreneurship and innovation is key to the future of Nova Scotia and these students demonstrated they are prepared to shape that future,” said Cal Gosse, chair of the council. “The connections made between academic skills and real business opportunities were inspirational, further reinforcing the importance of creating mentorship opportunities between the business community and students. “The council thanks all students who submitted proposals and congratulates our winners.” Through the public school curriculum, students from grades six to 12 are provided opportunities to learn about business and explore entrepreneurship. For more information about the Minister’s Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence, go to http://www.novascotia.ca/entrepreneuraward/ Social Enterprise – Beaver Sticks, Leilia Fraser and Angus Fraser, Halifax Central Junior High Technology – Lay’ Em Down!, Layla Owens and Emily Baker, École secondaire du Sommet, Halifax Innovation/ Creativity – Pawmem, Alice Song, Citadel High School, Halifax
18 August 2009The police component of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping operation in Darfur has established a special investigations unit to monitor and report on crimes involving sexual and gender-based violence, a prevalent problem in the western Sudanese region. The peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, announced today that the seven-member unit has been set up in response to the high rates of sexual and gender-based violence recorded across Darfur in the past two years. Staff members have received specialist training for dealing with such cases.The new unit will work to encourage victims of violence to report incidents to local law enforcement authorities, reduce the stigmatization of sexual abuse victims and help to rehabilitate victims.It also aims to support local law enforcement agencies as they investigate a range of cases, including child abuse, child abandonment, prostitution, human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual harassment.UNAMID said the unit would work closely with the police, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other agencies that deal with gender-related issues.Sexual and gender-based violence remains widespread across Darfur, which has been beset by conflict and displacement for six years. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed and about 2.7 million others forced to leave their homes, with many women and children vulnerable to violent attacks, particularly when they are searching for scarce firewood.Meanwhile, staff from the mission’s human rights and rule of law sections have completed a four-day training course on human rights standards and prison management for 30 corrections officials working in North Darfur state.The training, the first of its kind in North Darfur, included such topics as the humane treatment of prisoners, particularly minors, pre-trial detainees and female prisoners.The course, held in El Fasher, was funded by Switzerland through the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).