Durham College announces two major international projects

Durham College (DC) has recently announced a collaboration with several Canadian colleges and universities on two separate projects, launched with the help of DC’s International Global Partnerships and Projects team.

Empowerment Through Skills Program

In collaboration with Sault College and Centennial College, DC has been selected as the lead of an Empowerment through Skills Program, funded by Global Affairs Canada and administered through Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). Based in Tanzania, this project aims to partner DC with Msaginya Folk Development College and Njombe Folk Development College (community-responsive educational institutes) to develop programs that meet local needs.

Initial planning for the project will begin in Tanzania in November 2022, with project activities taking place over the next four years. The Empowerment through Skills Program is designed to strengthen alternative pathways to education, employment, self-employment and entrepreneurship for women and adolescent girls in Tanzania.

Skills to Access the Green Economy Program (SAGE)

Durham College (DC), in collaboration with lead partner Vancouver Island University and Humber College, has been selected for the Skills to Access the Green Economy Program (SAGE) thematic partnership on educational technology. Funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by (CICan), SAGE works to create a more qualified labour force in key economic sectors.

For this upcoming project, DC’s Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will work with designated SAGE partners to assess the needs of and improve online teaching and learning instruction in six countries: Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica and St. Lucia.

“Our team is looking forward to working with our Canadian and Caribbean partners to enhance digital literacy,” says Tanya Wakelin, manager, eLearning, CTL. “This is such a unique project. Our partners in the Caribbean are all at varying stages of executing online learning and education technology. Addressing limited internet connectivity and barriers to technology access will be a challenge, but we are very excited to get started and see the results of what happens when we work together to lead the way.”

The initial needs assessment and work plan development will begin in October 2022. Project activities will take place over the next two years.

By working with organizations such as Empowering through Skills Program and SAGE, DC further reinforces our commitment to collaboration, excellence and accessible learning.

You can learn more about DC’s international initiatives online.