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November 10 2008

British Council – Peter Lucantoni: English Teacher Training Workshops

The British Council in Sana'a is hosting a visiting British speaker and author Peter Lucantoni, a well-regarded international ELT specialist.

On Tuesday afternoon, 11th November, Peter Lucantoni will deliver a workshop on: Teaching Monolingual Classes at the University of Science and Technology, Girls' Section, Great Hall. On Wednesday morning, 12th November, at the University of Sana'a, Faculty of Education, he will deliver the same workshop again.

Peter Lucantoni is the author and co-author of several popular coursebooks for students, including IGCSE English as a Second Language and Our English (both Cambridge University Press), KET Practice Tests Plus (Longman) and International English (Hodder Murray), and has written a book of practical classroom ideas for teachers and teacher trainers.

This is an excellent opportunity to focus on key issues related to the relevance of student's first language and its usefulness in learning English, at the same time as exploring ways to increase the amount of English spoken in class. These events are open to any interested academics, English language teaching professionals and university English students. The workshops will be delivered in English.


Tuesday 11th November from 2.30pm-4.30pm at the Great Hall (ground floor) of the Girlss' College, University of Science and Technology, Sana'a.

Wednesday 12th November from 10am-12.00am at the Faculty of Education, University of Sana'a.

This visit forms part of the British Council's initiative to support English teachers through their informal Network of English Language Teaching Professionals (NELTP).

For more information on how to join the Network please consult .

If you would like to attend the events on Tuesday/Wednesday and require further information please contact the British Council office on (01) 448356.

Germany signs EUR 56 million grant agreements with Yemen

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, his Excellency Abdulkarim I. Al-Arhabi, and KfW Group's Senior Vice President for MENA and Europe, Ms. Doris Koehn – in the presence of the German Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Michael Klor- Berchtold – have signed six grant agreements on German support for programs in the water and education sectors amounting to EUR 56.2 million.

In the water sector, three supplemental financing agreements were concluded for the rehabilitation and improvement of water and sanitation systems in provincial towns (EUR 28.2 million), and one supplemental financing agreement was concluded for the extension of the sewerage project in Aden (EUR 2.45 million). All projects are aiming at the improvement of the health of the population in the respective regions. In the education sector, two financing agreements were concluded, one for the Secondary Education Development and Girls' Access Program (EUR 8.0 million) and the other one for the Social Fund for Development (EUR 17.5 million). Both programs aim at improving access to and quality of education, with a particular focus on girls in rural areas.

Germany is one of the major donor countries in the areas of water and sanitation as well as education. KfW Entwicklungsbank, the German Development Bank responsible for German Financial Cooperation on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, is engaged in Yemen for almost 40 years and has since then committed funds amounting to about EUR 550 million.

United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for funding

The United Nations Democracy Fund hereby invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to promote democracy. Project proposals may be submitted on-line between 10 November 2007 and 31 December 2008 at

This is the third round of funding to be launched by UNDEF, which was established by the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund. UNDEF funds projects that build and strengthen democratic institutions, promote human rights, and ensure the participation of all groups in democratic processes. Some 35 UN Member States, spanning all continents, have so far made voluntary contributions to UNDEF.

As with previous UNDEF rounds, the thematic categories for applications are:

– democratic dialogue and support for constitutional processes;

– civil society empowerment, including the empowerment of women;

– civic education and voter registration;

– citizen's access to information;

– participation rights and the rule of law in support of civil society;

– Transparency and integrity.

Priority will be given to projects that enhance inclusiveness and gender equality.

Only on-line applications in either English or French will be accepted. The application procedure is described in the Project Proposal Guidelines available at

National Endowment for Democracy offers journalism fellowships

The Washington, D.C.-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invites journalists worldwide to apply to be part of the 2009-2010 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program. Selected fellows will take up residence at the Forum, a research division of NED, for five to ten months. Deadline: November 10.

According to its organizers, the fellowship seeks to provide experienced journalists with an opportunity to reflect on their work, learn from counterparts in the United States, and reevaluate techniques for building democracy in their country of origin. Projects must be in English.

Each participant will receive a monthly stipend for living expenses, health insurance and reimbursement for travel. Fellows also receive a fully equipped office and research support.

For further information, including eligibility information, visit or contact [email protected].

International Center for Journalists Photo Exhibition

The International Center for Journalists is now auctioning signed photographs by award-winning photojournalists such as David Burnett, Arthur Grace and David Hume Kennerly.

Striking images of historic events can be yours – from Benazir Bhutto campaigning moments before her assassination in Pakistan to the barrier-breaking candidates in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. ICFJ will use your donation to create great programs for journalists around the world and to buy equipment for photojournalists in developing countries. You can own world-class photography and support ICFJ at the same time.

To bid on these photos, go to and select the image to read the photographer's descriptions. Online bidding will end on Nov. 10, 2008 and the photos will be in a silent auction at the ICFJ Awards Dinner on Nov. 12, 2008 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Medicines for Humanity and SIGdonate medicines to Yemen

Brigadier Ahmad Al-Suunidar, MP and Chairman of Sana'a Social Society for Development received Saturday Nov. 8, 2008 medicines for heart, blood pressure, diabetics and Asthma from Al-Shaif International Group (SIG).

The medicines were a gift from Medicines for Humanity Organization which donated medicines worth of USD 300,000 to Yemen through Al-Shaif International Group. The medicines were given away to Al-Saleh Foundation to distribute to charitable hospitals and clinics and Sana'a Social Society for Development which runs charitable Al-Zahrawi Medical Center that receives more than 1000 patients a day.