Senegal: UNESCO chief visits West, Central Africa

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will next week undertake a four-day official visit to West and Central Africa to discuss and see how the organization;s programmes could be strengthened across the region, notably in the fields of education and in preventing violent extremism.

The UN specialized agency announced Thursday that Bokova will from 9 to 12 August 2016 visit Senegal, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

In Senegal, she is expected to meet with President Macky Sall and ministers in the fields of competence of UNESCO. She will also visit the vocational training centre and madrasa in Mbao, and literacy classes for disabled in Derklé.  

In Chad, Bokova will take part in the investiture ceremonies of re-elected President Idriss Deby Itno, at the invitation of the President, and she will discuss environmental preservation and safety issues around Lake Chad.  

From Chad, she will proceed to Niger where she is scheduled to meet with President Mahamadou Issoufou, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and ministers working in UNESCO’s fields of competence.

Bokova will also explore the Boubou Hama National Museum, bringing together rich collections of cultural heritage of Niger and training to professions in the field of culture, teaching and tolerance, in homage to Boubou Hama, an intellectual and statesman for peace.  

In Nigeria, the UNESCO chief is expected to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and Education Minister Adamu Adamu.  

“These official visits will provide an opportunity to discuss ongoing cooperation with UNESCO in a number of key priorities for the organization and in relation to the African Union Agenda 2063 and to reaffirm UNESCO's commitment to strengthen its action in support of societies and governments in Africa,” said an official statement released by UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
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04 august 2016 17:32:25

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