Monthly Archives: September 2011

Seven Billion Actions

On 14 September 2011, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the 7 Billion Actions in New York to recognize that the global population will have reached 7 billion people, by the end of 2011,with women and girls comprising half of the world’s population.

He said that “a world of 7 billion has implications on sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment”. Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), also said, “Population is about people. It is about embracing the dignity and human rights of every individual. In a world of 7 billion people, we need to count on each other”.

The 7 Billion Actions are challenges, opportunities and calls to action to recognize and celebrate our common humanity and diversity. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all to get involved with the campaign saying, “Small actions taken by each one of us, multiplied across communities, can create a better world”.  For example, one person can read to a child, visit with a senior, stand up for others and make someone smile. Organizations can meet the Campaign Objectives by “Building global awareness and Inspiring others to take actions that will have a socially positive impact”.

Visit to learn more and stay connected with; and Twitter hashtag: #7billion.

International Opportunities

1. APPEAL – Online volunteer assistance for educators in Afghanistan;
2. VACANCY – USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI)

1. Educators in at-risk areas invited to receive help from skilled online volunteers

The Canadian International Learning Foundation is looking for educators in regions affected by war, illness or poverty to join our new Educator Volunteer Network (EVN).
The EVN is a social website ( where educators can receive mentoring and one-on-one assistance from online volunteers in a range of fields, including teacher training, information technology, communications and strategy. The EVN also provides educators and volunteers with training, a library of resources and a place to share information and ideas together online.

For example, the EVN volunteers and resources could help you to improve a mathematics course you are teaching, write a grant request letter or plan for the future years of your school.

Both educators and volunteers must apply to be members of the EVN. There is no charge for membership. If you think the EVN could help you to help your students, please read the information below and apply to join.

Areas of Assistance

Education Development: Developing curriculum plans and specific lessons and creating partnerships with recognized educational institutions.
Examples: Editing English or mathematics lessons, or obtaining online classes from accredited institutions in the United States or Canada.

Infrastructure and Information Technology: Improving schools’ facilities and implementing new technologies, such as low-power computing and renewable energy.
Examples: Helping decide which laptops and programs might help your school, editing a request for donations of second-hand computers, or planning for water pumps at your school.

Communications: Building public awareness and support for your school and encouraging students to share their stories with the world.

Examples: Developing a website for the school, editing stories about the school and helping the school use websites such as Facebook or Twitter if appropriate.
Business and Strategy: Planning for the future of your school, identifying new sources of funds and finding ways to reduce costs.
Examples: Editing a grant application, helping prepare a school budget or writing a business plan.

Requirements for Joining the EVN

Access to the Internet: Educators should have Internet access at least once a week for several hours. It is best if the Internet is available at your school but the EVN also accepts educators with regular access to Internet cafes.

Proof of registration: Educators must show proof that your school is a legally registered business, non-profit organization, charitable organization or government entity. If you are unable to legally register because of oppression or discrimination from the government, you will need to obtain signed references from at least 2 prominent members of the community, such as lawyers, doctors, elected officials, business owners, religious officials or journalists.

Regard for human rights: To be a member of EVN, you must sign a legally binding agreement that says you and your school will not deny entrance or discriminate against a student because of their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, tribal affiliation or sexual orientation. However, we do allow schools to focus on a specific gender or ethnic group if the group has fewer educational opportunities.

Respect for the EVN’s purpose: EVN is designed to help share knowledge and expertise. It is not designed to provide direct financial assistance, and educators should not ask volunteers to donate their own money or to hold fundraisers. Educators can ask volunteers for help approaching businesses or foundations for grants, but should also ask for help with other things such as education development.
A willingness to share, explore and try something new: We want the EVN to be full of innovative educators who are excited to be part of something new, and willing to share stories of their school and students with the volunteers who are working to help improve the quality of education at their institution.
How to Apply to Join the EVN

To apply, e-mail to request an application form. For more information, please visit us online at

About the Canadian International Learning Foundation

The Canadian International Learning Foundation (CanILF) is an Ottawa-based, volunteer-run registered charity that provides and promotes professional education in areas of the world affected by war, illness and poverty.
CanILF sponsors scholarships, purchases equipment and provides development assistance for a school in Kandahar, the Afghan-Canadian Community Center. Our partnership has helped hundreds of students receive high-paying jobs, support themselves and their families and participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Through the Uganda Literacy and Education Program, CanILF sponsors scholarships and provides educational equipment for St. Paul’s Kabira Adult Attention and School of Orphans (KAASO). CanILF sponsors dozens of student scholarships through KAASO’s Community Empowerment Program, which provides training in business, literacy and small-scale industry and agriculture.

In 2011, CanILF created the Educator Volunteer Network (EVN) based on the success of the online partnerships it created between educators at these two schools and skilled volunteers in Canada. The goal of the EVN is to one day have a team of trained, dedicated international online volunteers for every educator whose students are struggling to overcome war, illness or poverty.
For more information on CanILF, please visit To learn more about the EVN, visit

(OTI) has opened a new position located in Afghanistan

For full information about this position, as well as instruction on how to apply, please visit

The USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) has opened a new position located in Afghanistan:

• Country Representative, Afghanistan – Field Programs Division, at the GS-14/15 equivalent level.

This is a full-time Personal Service Contractor (PSC) position and is open to U.S. citizens only due to security clearance requirements.

Applications for this position are due no later than November 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST.

For full information about this position, as well as instruction on how to apply, please visit

International Day of Peace Sept. 21, 2011


Every year on the International Day of Peace, people around the world commit to non-violence and to harmony among all peoples and nations.
Peace is our mission; our day-to-day quest. This year’s theme focuses on the timely issue of peace and democracy. Democracy is a core value of the United Nations.

-It is crucial for human rights.
-It provides channels for resolving differences.
-It gives hope to the marginalized and power to the people.
-But democracy does not just happen; it has to be nurtured and

The world needs you to speak out:
-For social justice and freedom of the press;
-For a clean environment and women’s empowerment;
-For the rule of law and the right to a say in one’s own future.
-This year, young people have been on the frontlines for freedom.
-I salute the activists and ordinary people for their courage and determination to build a better future.

We at the United Nations will work in common cause to realize our shared aspirations for dignity, security and opportunity for all.
To all those seeking peace, this is your day, and we are with you.

Listen to Experts, Women’s Groups and the General Public – Keep the Long Gun Registry

OTTAWA, Sept 14, 2011 – As Parliament gets ready to resume next week, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) calls on the Government of Canada to listen to public safety experts, women’s groups and the general public and keep the long gun registry. “Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the Dawson College shootings, which is an appropriate time for us to reflect on gun control” said Brenda Wallace CFUW National President. “The evidence is overwhelming. Gun control and the long gun registry in particular, are effective measures for promoting public safety and preventing violence against women. There is no evidence to suggest that weakening gun control will make women safer.”

Most firearm-related deaths in Canada are caused by rifles or shotguns. These are the guns most often used in domestic violence. CFUW, along with other women’s groups and front-line shelter workers, believes that keeping the long gun registry is in the interests of all women – rural and urban. Health and safety experts have also provided evidence that stronger gun laws reduce gun-related death rates. For example, since controls on all firearms were introduced, there has been a 70 per cent decrease in the number of women murdered by firearms.

In 2010 a national survey showed that two-thirds of Canadians supported the long gun registry. Even in rural areas, the number of supporters equaled the number of opponents. Police officers across the country count on the registry, using it upwards of 16,000 times per day, including when intervening in domestic disputes. It assists them in carrying out investigations and aids in the removal of all guns from dangerous people, including violent spouses, enforcing prohibition orders, and taking preventative action.

“If the Government of Canada follows through with its stated plans to abolish the registry when parliament resumes” said Wallace, “they will be going against the evidence, the public, and unjustifiably putting women and children’s lives at risk. It’s clear, Canada needs to do everything it can to stop gun violence and a long-gun registry is part of the solution”.

CFUW is a non-partisan, equality-seeking, self-funded organization of close to 10,000 women graduates and students in 112 Clubs across Canada.


For further information: Robin Jackson, Executive Director, 613-234-8252 ext. 102 or visit see
The Right to Speak, The Responsibility to Act Le droit de parole – le devoir d’agir