International Rights College Campus debuts in Nigeria



                                               The Right Livelihood   College awards annually the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.

International Rights College Campus debuts in Nigeria

A Nigerian environmental organisation,   the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), is partnering with the Right   Livelihood Award Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden to establish the Rights   Livelihood Campus (RLC) in the country.

This is in furtherance of efforts to   build the capacity of Nigerian students and young people on environmental   issues.

The Campus, which is the fifth of such   in the world and the second in Africa, is to be hosted in the Faculty of   Social Sciences of the University of Port Harcourt, (UNIPORT) in southern   Nigeria.

UNIPORT will be formally unveiled as   the Nigerian chapter of the RLA Campus on 25th and 26th of November this   year.

Exchange opportunities

The event will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding   (MoU).

Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees, Right Livelihood Award Foundation   and a former German Minister of Environment, Monika Griefahn, Uniport’s Vice   Chancellor; Professor Joseph Ajienka and coordinator of the Academy, Dr   Nnimmo Bassey, will sign the MoU.

The new partnership will also enable Uniport’s Post-Graduate scholars   to have access to the corps of Right Livelihood laureates as well as exchange   opportunities with four other existing campuses across the globe.

Rights Livelihood College
  The Right Livelihood College awards annually the “Alternative Nobel   Prize”.

It is an opportunity for the awardees of the prestigious prize to   share their knowledge with younger people.

The RLC currently has its Global Secretariat at the Universiti Sains   in Penang, Malaysia.

Monika Griefahn, Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomes the new   development:

“We are very pleased that a Right Livelihood College campus is being   established at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria’, she says.

“The College continues to make positive impact in the lives of young   scholars and continues to build direct links between academics, laureates and   the wider community. We commend the University of Port Harcourt and the   Health of Mother Earth Foundation for engaging in this partnership.”

Speaking on behalf of the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of   the University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Fidelis Allen says: “The   University of Port Harcourt has remained a citadel of learning and in the   best traditions of scholarship we see the opportunity to host the RLC campus   as one that will challenge our scholars as well as connect them with their   peers around the world. We are equally pleased with HOMEF for making this   partnership possible.”

The Director of HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey, who won the Rights Livelihood   Award in 2010, is equally excited at the prospect: “The Niger Delta   region of Nigeria has brought so much petroleum-dollar to Nigeria. Sadly the   extraction of the petroleum resources has brought devastation to the   environment and livelihoods of the people.

“We believe that targeted researches here will generate tools for   tackling these problems which will in turn find application in other   challenged territories beyond the Niger Delta. HOMEF is proud to collaborate   with Uniport in hosting the RLC campus in Nigeria,” he added.

Besides Bassey, the only other Nigerian to have won the award so far   is the late Ken Saro-Wiwa, together with his organization the Movement for   the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), in 1994.

The RLC is the global capacity building initiative of the Right   Livelihood Award Foundation, based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Since its inception in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award, popularly   known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, has been bestowed on 153 laureates   from 64 countries.

It highlights and supports stellar achievements in the fields of peace   and justice, the environment and for the awardee’s endeavours to eliminate   material and spiritual poverty.
  Some of the RLC campuses across the world include the Universiti Sains   Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia; Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Center for   Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany, and Lund University   Center for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Lund University, Sweden.




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