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ERUDEF Awards Certificates To Interns 

By Elvis Tah

An NGO, the Environment and Rural Development Foundation, ERUDEF, Friday, May 22, awarded certificates to some five interns of the organisation. The laureates were Mefor Halle, Dubila Apoline, Benedicta Sainge, Odette Nchanji and Kingsley Neba. The interns worked under the Botany Department, Geographic Information System, GIS Department, Climate Change Department and Communication Department.  

Interns pose with ERUDEF CEO Nkembi (3rd from left)

ERUDEF CEO Louis Nkembi, during the occasion, said the interns concluded a six-month capacity building programme on project writing, ethics and dynamics of fundraising, field studies, career development, etc. "I think the six months the interns spent here was a fairly good period for them. They had a lot to learn and I am happy that they are able to demonstrate that they could work under very stressful and tight conditions," said Nkembi.

He said the internship period is not a guarantee for employment. "The internship is not a job placement but just a training programme. It has helped them to develop team spirit and so on," said Nkembi. The CEO stated that some of the skilful interns will be integrated into the organisation, while the others will have to create vacancy for incoming interns. Other outstanding workers of the NGO were also awarded certificates of recognition.

ERUDEF Biodiversity Institute 

The CEO also used the occasion to announce the imminent creation of the ERUDEF Institute of Biodiversity Conservation and Non-Profit Studies. According to him, the project is underway, pending ratification of the documents by the government.

"Two of the four components of the institute are functional already. The four components include; a 12-month training on biodiversity and non-profit, the internal field course expedition on primate conservation and wildlife tracking; the short-term provisional development courses that runs from one to four weeks and the capacity building programme for civil society organisations. There is also an internship programme and international field course/expedition on climate conservation and wildlife tracking," said Nkembi. He also said they are going to admit students with a minimum level of First Degree, essentially from the sciences.

Nkembi said any other student who is Arts inclined, can undertake studies in non-profit concentration. In relation to the school fees, he said: "Actually we are still working on the fees because it is going to be a professional intensive and academic programme that involves instructors both from national and international institutions. Most of the courses will be subsidised with funding from our external partners," Nkembi stated.