Western Union launches MENA education initiative

first_img Western Union and the Western Union Foundation have announced the next phase of their Education for Better programme.Following an initial three-year run of the initiative, which combines services, campaigns, cause marketing, employee engagement and philanthropic investment, the programme will focus on the education sector in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), as well as elsewhere around the world.This phase of the programme is due to run for five years and will provide education and job skills training to help foster economic opportunities for women and youth, and support families and communities in the MENA area. It will involve several initiatives including sponsorships, partnerships, donations, and advocacy.Explaining the decision to move into the MENA region, Jean Claude Farah, executive vice president, and president of the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and CIS, said:“The combination of neglect, conflict, poverty, hostility, discrimination and mass migration is seeing alarming drops in the provision, quality and regularity of education. As a result, one in every four children and adolescents in the MENA region is either out of school, or at risk of dropping out.”To date, the Western Union Foundation has provided than $104 million in grants and other giving to more than 2,918 non-governmental organisations in more than 136 countries and territories. It works with a number of global NGOs, and local non-profits and charities worldwide including UNICEF, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, and Pratham. Advertisement  62 total views,  1 views today Western Union launches MENA education initiative AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Fundingcenter_img Melanie May | 31 December 2015 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  63 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

100 new jobs is just the ticket for Limerick confidence

first_imgNews100 new jobs is just the ticket for Limerick confidenceBy John Keogh – January 29, 2015 1715 From left: Ciara Pa;ache; Barry O’Dowd, Emerging Business Division at IDA Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, Oliver Wheeler, global head of communications for the viagogo Group; Edward Parkinson, Viagogo, and Geraldine Black.Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22From left: Ciara Pa;ache; Barry O’Dowd, Emerging Business Division at IDA Ireland; Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton; Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills, Oliver Wheeler, global head of communications for the viagogo Group; Edward Parkinson, Viagogo, and Geraldine Black.Pic: Brian Gavin Press 22LIMERICK received another welcome jobs boost this week with the announcement of 100 new jobs from international ticket-seller Viagogo who are to double their workforce over the next three years.Initially based in the city centre, the Viagogo Group has transformed part of the former Flextronics building in the Kilmurry Business Centre into a 14,000 square feet purpose-built centre that was officially opened by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton on Monday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Viagogo head of communications Oliver Wheeler said that when they commenced operations in Limerick last year, they were overwhelmed by the level of local talent and the level of support from organisations such as the IDA.“We already employ a hundred people in Limerick and, now that our new operations centre is ready, we plan to hire at least a hundred more over the next three years,” commented Mr Wheeler.Minister Bruton said: “At the heart of our jobs plan is supporting job creation in every region of the country, to ensure that the recovery is secured and felt by people right across Ireland. The announcement that Viagogo, a fast-growing, born-on-the-internet company, is expanding its operations in Limerick and creating 100 extra jobs is a great boost for the Mid West and a great example of what is possible through our regional jobs strategy.”The Viagogo Group operates www.viagogo.com, the world’s largest ticket marketplace and the new jobs are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.The roles available in Limerick include international customer services, sales, software development, finance and operations.IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said that Viagogo had made great strides since establishing in Limerick just last year and confirmation that it was to more than double its workforce was evidence of that great progress.“This news further enhances Limerick’s reputation as an excellent base for technology-based businesses. The available skillbase, a deciding factor in Viagogo’s expansion plans, is a huge plus in Limerick’s favour.“Limerick’s recent success in attracting foreign investment is a great example of the results that can be achieved when the business community from across the region joins together to show what great opportunities there are to invest here in Limerick,” Mr Shanahan added. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Previous articlePerkins joins Schumann and ShostakovichNext article#video CHANGING TRAINS – ‘Won’t Let You Down’ John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Print Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement TAGSemploymentIDAlimerickMartin ShanahanMinister Richard BrutonViagogo WhatsApplast_img read more