Under the patronage of the President of the University, Prof Sa'eb Khresat and represented by the dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. M. Khalefeh, and in the presence of Dr. Wasim Barham, the Director of the Consultation Center, fifty unprivileged women from Karak and Al-Mougar received graduation certifications, as they completed successfully the requirement, of a one-year training program, which is funded by the Department of States Middle East Participatory Initiative (MEPI), and executed by Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). Mr. John Heshmeh, Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer with Ruba Matarneh, from the American Embassy Amman appreciated the outcome accomplished by this program and mentioned that this reflects the fruitful cooperation between the American people and the people of the region.
The Director of the Program, Prof. Nabil Hailat, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine stated that the objective of this program was to support 50 Bedouin livestock owners to recognize, prevent, control, and report transboundary animal diseases (Rabies, Foot and Mouth Disease, Brucellosis, Anthrax…etc) and improve their chances to increase their sales whether from cheese-making or the sale of healthy livestock and improves their incomes. It aimed also to increase the capacity of 50 women in effective food safety, food quality, dairy production, marketing of their dairy products and community governance, leadership, conflict resolution, problems solving related to animal health and take advantage of economic opportunities.
By the end of the program, these 50 Bedouins were able to form a Community Animal Health Workers platform (CAHW) to help serve their communities. This platform will help Bedouin females produce higher quality animal products, increase their sheep sales, and establish household markets to improve their economic status. To insure the sustainability, four brochures, a booklet and a website for the program will be in place.
This activity is conducted in the framework of the main objectives of JUST to reach out underdeveloped communities and help them to participate positively in the national development and enhancing their livelihoods.
Fifty bedouin women graduate from JUST vocational training programmme