Belinda to vol­un­teer over in South Su­dan

Bray People - - NEWS -

BELINDA BRUM­MER from Bray will go to South Su­dan at the end of Jan­uary on a Vol­un­tary Ser­vice Overseas ( VSO) place­ment.

A new coun­try, South Su­dan came into ex­is­tence in 2011 fol­low­ing an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum.

Orig­i­nally from South Africa, Belinda who moved to Ire­land over 10 years ago will start work as a Hu­man Re­sources Man­age­ment Ad­vi­sor at the Yei Teacher Train­ing Col­lege in south west Su­dan.

De­spite work­ing in hu­man re­sources man­age­ment for the past 12 years, Belinda has con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence in ed­u­ca­tion hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked as a pri­mary school teacher in South Africa.

This place­ment per­fectly mar­ries all of Belinda’s ex­pe­ri­ence in hu­man re­sources and ed­u­ca­tion.

As South Su­dan has only re­cently emerged as an in­de­pen­dent state, many of the ba­sic hu­man re­source sys­tems that we are used to in Ire­land are not avail­able in their ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

Belinda will per­form a needs as­sess­ment of the en­tire or­gan­i­sa­tion and pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions on best prac­tice. In ad­di­tion, she will be re­spon­si­ble for train­ing lo­cal staff in HR prac­tices en­sur­ing that her im­pact will re­main long af­ter she leaves.

Belinda’s work is about sup­port­ing the best pos­si­ble teacher train­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes so that when they start work in schools, the lo­cal teach­ers will pro­vide chil­dren with high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion which has been proven to en­able peo­ple es­cape poverty

‘It will give me a chance to give some­thing back and make a truly last­ing dif­fer­ence,’ said Belinda. ‘ The way VSO op­er­ates puts peo­ple at the heart of fight­ing poverty and en­sures that lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties are given the skills needed to lift them­selves out of poverty. It’s a daunt­ing yet ex­cit­ing chal­lenge.’

Belinda wants to thank all of her friends who sup­ported her re­cent fundrais­ing walk for VSO Ire­land. They walked for over 14.5km along the Wicklow coast and raised nearly €700.

‘Vol­un­teers like Belinda help us achieve our ul­ti­mate aim of end­ing poverty. They share their skills and trans­form lives and com­mu­ni­ties across Africa and Asia. More vol­un­teers are al­ways needed so please get in touch,’ said VSO Ire­land Head of Pro­grammes, Deirdre Fin­lay.

VSO is an in­ter­na­tional devel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion that works through vol­un­teers fight­ing poverty and the causes of it. It re­cruits ex­pe­ri­enced vol­un­teers for one to two year place­ments in Africa and Asia.

All re­lated costs are cov­ered by VSO. For more in­for­ma­tion call (01) 6401060 or visit vso. ie where de­tails of up­com­ing events are avail­able.

■ Belinda Brum­mer

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