Australian LESDE scholarship calls for 2019 entries from Nigerians, other Africans

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Australian foreign ministry has announced applications for the 2019 edition of Local Economics and Social Development in Extractives (LESDE) scholarship programme for Africans.

The short course, described as a key component of Australia’s international development assistance, has been providing opportunities for African awardees to obtain knowledge and skills that would enable them proffer solutions to challenges facing the African continent, according to the organisers.

The scholarship is fully-funded by the Australian government and those who have participated in the past gave testimonies about how it had aided their understanding of mining issues in Nigeria, and enhanced their capacity to tackle them.

The course affords awardees access to latest technologies in socially and environmentally responsible mining. They are expected to learn from theory and research of experts and field visits from Brisbane to Gladstone to Blackwater to Emerald in Central Queensland, Australia.

Thirty scholars drawn from Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda were selected for the 2018 edition of the programme.

Participants described the experience as highly interesting, with their lectures covering thematic areas such, including introduction to international standards for LESDE impacts of mining.

Awardees are expected to individually develop a reintegration action plan detailing what they intend to implement upon returning to their respective home countries.

The second phase of the short course will commence in Madagascar from September 9.

Interested Nigerians are encouraged to submit their applications online here.

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