CARICOM nationals urged to apply for scholarships on international disaster response


WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Organization of American States (OAS) is urging Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals to apply for scholarships on international disaster response.

The OAS said it is partnering with the Academy for International Disaster Preparedness of Florida International University (FIU) in offering a Disaster Field Operations Course on July 13 – 15.

“Citizens of CARICOM member states are encouraged to apply for scholarship consideration by June 27, 2018,” the OAS said. “The course is intended to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in an international disaster response, in true-to-life field settings.”

The OAS said working professionals with backgrounds or work-related duties in emergency management and disaster response, including first responders in firefighting, law enforcement and emergency management system (EMS), emergency management employees, policymakers and program directors, urban planners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public health workers and private sector professionals will be considered.

The project is being implemented with funding support from the Government of Chile through its policy of international cooperation for development.

The aim of the project is to strengthen the capabilities of CARICOM member-states in Disaster Risk Management (DRM), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Climate Resilience through certified courses, training programs and diplomas.

“The OAS recognises that education is fundamental to the development of human capital, improvement in standards of living, and the promotion of social inclusion, social justice and prosperity,” the statement said.

“Accordingly, the OAS, through its Secretariat for Integral Development, supports the efforts of OAS member-states to expand access to inclusive and quality education.”


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