GIA will fund all travel and accommodation costs for the 20 students to participate in a week-long training course to be held in Bangui, Central African Republic. GIA will also waive the full tuition fee and provide specialized training materials, including rough diamonds as well as an instructor, assistant instructor and translator for the duration of the course.
''We look forward to serving this region through our educational offerings,'' said GIA's president, Donna Baker. ''We are honored to work alongside USAID on this important initiative to help achieve a greater quality of life for the residents of these African communities.''
The PRADD project supports the efforts of governments to implement the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). The project aims to bring greater quantities of alluvial diamonds into the legal diamond pipeline while at the same time improving the livelihood of local mining communities.