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2 Dec 2013

Journées Québec sans frontières a success

Éric Théroux, MRIFCE Assistant Deputy Minister and members of MRIFCE’S International Solidarity team with reciprocity interns from Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Honduras as well as the QSF program officer at AQOCI. Photo: Jimmy Chicaiza

Organized by the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur (MRIFCE) in collaboration with the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), the 14th edition of Journées Québec sans frontières (JQSF), were held on November 23 and 24 in Québec.

JQSF are the starting point for the participation of interns in the Québec sans frontières (QSF) adventure. The training given during these days is aimed at preparing the participants for their stay in another country. A series of activities and workshops provide an opportunity for them to learn more about major development issues.

Agnès Maltais, the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister of Labour, Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Minister responsible for the Capital-Nationale region, welcomed the interns. She emphasized the importance that the Government of Québec accords to solidarity, both here in Québec and abroad. She congratulated the participants for their dedication and efforts to make the world a more equitable place and called on them to continue getting involved in causes that they hold close to their hearts.

Eleven interns from Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Honduras, who had come to Québec to acquire experience related to their field of studies or work also attended the QWBD and talked with the participants.

Québec sans frontières

QSF is funded by MRIFCE and coordinated in collaboration with AQOCI. It enables Quebecers aged 18 to 35 to do international solidarity internships in countries in Francophone African, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Asia-Pacific region. It also enables young people from partner organizations in the South to travel to Québec to acquire experience related to their field of studies or professional activity.

Since its inception, QSF has enabled over 6,000 interns to discover new cultures while, at the same time, contribute to the development efforts of communities in the South. This year, 135 young people will do internships with the support of the QSF program.

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