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  • Construction of Denis Sassou Nguesso University to begin April in Congo
    10 february 2012 11:51:34
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The construction of the Denis Sassou Nguesso University in Kintele, a suburb of Brazzaville, the capital of Congo, will begin in April and will end in 2015, Jerome Courbon, Chief Executive Officer of Unicon group which is handling the project, said Thursday. Full text...

  • Global recording artist, Sarah Brightman, designated UNESCO Artist for Peace
    06 february 2012 15:20:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - British performer Sarah Brightman, one of the world’s few artists to top both pop and classical music charts, will be named UNESCO Artist for Peace at a ceremony in Paris, France, on 8 February. Full text...

  • Int'l Institute for Peace joins forces with UNESCO
    03 february 2012 19:42:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - The International Institute for Peace (IIP), co-founded by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker, will formally join forces with the Organization on 7 February with the signing of an agreement between UNESCO, the Institute, the Rutgers University in New Jersey, US, and the US government, the UN agency said in press statement here Friday. Full text...

  • Angolan Reggae musicians remember Bob Marley
    03 february 2012 13:52:55
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Reggae artistes in Angola, under the Association of Reggae Music Friends (NARA), will organize an international show in Luanda, the Angolan capital, 6 February to mark the 67th birthday anniversary of the "King of Reggae music", the late Bob Marley. Full text...

  • Uruguayan football manager named UNESCO Champion for Sport
    27 january 2012 17:16:50
    Paris, France (PANA) - Óscar Washington Tabárez, the Uruguayan national football team manager, will be named UNESCO Champion for Sport by the Director-General of the UN agency, Irina Bokova, on 30 January, UNESCO disclosed here Friday in a press statement. Full text...

  • Africans urged to promote their culture, tradition
    26 january 2012 14:01:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African leaders have been urged to restructure the educational system in their countries so it can inculcate the promotion of indigenous African culture, arts and tradition in the younger generation in order to sustain the continent’s rich cultural heritage. Full text...

  • African education ministers move to promote national languages, French
    25 january 2012 15:40:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Education ministers from several African countries and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) on Wednesday, in Bamako, the Malian capital, launched a language education project aimed at promoting African national languages alongside French, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Second edition of project to cater for young African prisoners launched
    18 january 2012 15:34:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A Canadian musician of Cameroonian origin, Olivier Cheuwa, has launched the second edition of the project 'Soul Care', aimed at raising money to cater for young African prisoners. Full text...

  • Symposium on creation of art institutions in Africa opens in Dakar Wednesday
    17 january 2012 12:53:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - An international symposium on the creation of art institutions in Africa, being organized by the Raw Material Company, is due to open in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday, according to Ms. Koyo Kouoh, the company's artistic director. Full text...

  • Senegalese choreographer forms new dance company for women
    06 january 2012 11:43:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A new contemporary dance company composed exclusively of women and called "Jigéen Jant-Bi" has been established by Senegalese choreographer and dancer Germaine Acogny . Full text...

  • National festival on cultural diversity opens in Noukchott
    28 december 2011 15:19:31
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A National Festival on Cultural Diversity began Tuesday in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, under the theme "Our cultural diversity: a wealth". Full text...

  • Top Senegalese musician advises colleagues on piracy
    23 december 2011 12:02:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Switzerland-based Senegalese musician Nana Cissokho has urged other musicians to do everything possible to secure their albums against piracy. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief laments death of renowned Cape Verdean singer
    20 december 2011 16:08:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, on Tuesday expressed her deep sorrow over the death of the internationally-renowned Cape Verdean singer, Ms. Cesaria Evora, who passed away at the age of 70. Full text...

  • Mauritania to host National Festival on Cultural Diversity 27-29 Dec
    19 december 2011 19:18:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A National Festival on Cultural Diversity (FNDC) will be held in Mauritania from 27 to 29 December, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and that of Commerce, Handicrafts and Tourism. Full text...

  • Tunisian publishing house wins "Alioune Diop Prize" in Senegal
    18 december 2011 13:04:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Tunisia's publishing house, Eliza, Saturday won the "Alioune Diop Prize" for the promotion of book publishing in Africa, according to results of the contest announced at the opening of the 13th international Book and teaching materials Fair (FILDAK) holding 17-22 December in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • 50 exhibitors feature at int'l book fair in Dakar
    18 december 2011 12:57:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Some 50 exhibitors from 10 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa are taking part in the 13th edition of the International Book and educational materials Fair (FILDAK) which started Saturday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, under the theme: "the cultural industries as drivers of development: Place and prospects for the book". Full text...

  • 13th Book Fair opens in Dakar Saturday
    15 december 2011 11:07:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 13th edition of the International Book Fair of Dakar (FILDAK) is due to open on Saturday in the Senegalese capital, according to a statement from the Ministry of Culture. Full text...

  • Tunisia to host 2nd int'l festival of culture, sports tourism
    14 december 2011 12:35:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The second International Festival of Saharan and sports tourism will be held from 29 December, 2011, to 2 January, 2012, in the governorates of Kebili and Tatatouine, Tunisia. Full text...

  • UNESCO launches mobile learning programme, "from text books to telephone"
    09 december 2011 17:56:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO will hold an international experts’ meeting and symposium at its Headquarters in Paris, France, from 12 to 16 December to promote the potential contribution of mobile telephones to education, the UN agency said in a press statement Friday. Full text...

  • 2 Tunisians win prize for translating dictionary from French to Arabic
    08 december 2011 17:34:37
    Paris, France (PANA) - Two Tunisians -- Abdelkader Mhiri and Hammadi Sammoud -- have won the Ibn Khaldoum-Senghor prize for translating the "New encyclopedic dictionary of linguistics" from French to Arabic, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources. Full text...

  • UNESCO marks 10th year of convention on protection of underwater heritage
    01 december 2011 14:59:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The world’s leading academics, experts and underwater archaeologists will look at ways to improve the protection of underwater heritage at a meeting to be held at the Belgian Royal Library in Brussels from 13 to 14 December, according to a press statement from UNESCO in Paris, France, obtained by PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Angola's Int'l Cinema Festival begins
    18 november 2011 13:16:13
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The fourth edition of the International Cinema Festival (FIC-Luanda), whose objective is to promote Angolan and international Cinema, as well promote the exchange of experiences between Angolan and foreign film makers, got underway Friday in the Angolan capital, Luanda. Full text...

  • Angola's Int'l Cinema Festival begins Friday
    17 november 2011 16:11:41
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The fourth edition of the International Cinema Festival (FIC-Luanda), whose objective is to promote Angolan and international Cinema, as well promote the exchange of experiences between Angolan and foreign film makers, begins here Friday. Full text...

  • UNESCO's Intangible Heritage Committee considers new inscriptions
    17 november 2011 14:48:20
    Paris, France (PANA) - More than 80 nominations, including Saman Dance from Indonesia, Fado from Portugal and Mariachi music from Mexico, will be considered for inclusion in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage lists at the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, to be held in Bali, Indonesia, from 22-29 November, 2011. Full text...

  • France grants Burundi 300,000 euros to promote French language
    17 november 2011 13:14:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The French government will release 300,000 euros for the promotion of the teaching of French in Burundi, according to an agreement signed between officials of the two countries in Bujumbura, the Burundi capital. Full text...

  • UNESCO launches Women Philosophers’ Journal 17 Nov
    16 november 2011 14:55:12
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO will launch the Women Philosophers’ Journal, an online publication available in English and French, as part of this year’s celebration of the World Philosophy Day, at its headquarters here on Thursday, the UN agency said in a press statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mali hosts 8th Festival on River Niger in Feb 2012
    14 november 2011 14:45:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The eighth edition of the Festival on the River Niger will be held from 15 to 19 February, 2012, in Ségou, Mali, PANA learnt in Bamako from the festival organizing committee. Full text...

  • Gabon donates US$ 2m to UNESCO emergency fund
    11 november 2011 15:26:39
    Paris, France (PANA) – Gabon became the first country to make a financial donation to the Emergency Multi-Donor Fund, launched Thursday by the UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, a press statement from the UN agency here indicated. Full text...

  • UNESCO to launch book on the universe
    08 november 2011 17:21:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Large Hadron Collider, a book about a machine designed to study the beginning of the universe, will be launched at UNESCO on 10 November, the UN agency said in a press statement from its Paris, France, headquarters. Full text...

  • UNESCO to launch "Satellite Image Atlas of World Heritage Sites"
    08 november 2011 17:13:01
    Paris, France (PANA) - "From Space to Place", an Image Atlas of World Heritage Sites on the “In Danger” list of UNESCO, will be launched 9 November by Director-General, Irina Bokova, and US Ambassador to UNESCO, David Killion, at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters. Full text...

  • UNESCO to create permanent memorial on slavery in US
    05 november 2011 15:33:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Permanent Memorial Committee have launched an international competition to create a permanent memorial at the headquarters of United Nations, New York, in memory of victims of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade, said a statement of the organization PANA received. Full text...

  • Bamako's int'l photo festival begins
    02 november 2011 16:33:41
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Forty-five photographers and 10 video artists from 27 countries are showcasing their works at a two-month international biennial photo festival which began Tuesday in Bamako, the Malian capital, PANA reported here, quoting the Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper. Full text...

  • UNESCO laments US decision to withhold funding over Palestine
    02 november 2011 16:06:58
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has said that the decision of the US administration to withhold its contributions to the organization would weaken its (UNESCO's) effectiveness and undermine its ability to build free and open societies. Full text...

  • Palestine becomes UNESCO's newest member state
    31 october 2011 14:06:02
    Paris, France (PANA) - With 107 votes in favour and 14 against, the General Conference of UNESCO Monday admitted Palestine as its newest member State, the UN agency said in a statement from its headquarters in Paris, the French capital. Full text...

  • Miss Universe 2011 pledges to promote Angola's image abroad
    28 october 2011 14:43:30
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Miss Universe 2011, Angolan Leila Lopes, has pledged to help project her country's image abroad during her reign. Full text...

  • South Africa city named World Design Capital 2014
    26 october 2011 16:15:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African government on Wednesday saluted the city of Cape Town after being selected as the official World Design Capital for 2014, winning the award ahead of candidates Bilbao, in Spain, and Dublin, Ireland. 
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  • Algeria offers 20 scholarships to Malian students
    25 october 2011 21:29:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Twenty Malian students benefiting from Algerian scholarships leave Bamako on Tuesday for Algeria to further their studies in building, public works, IT and audiovisual techniques, Mali's employment and vocational training ministry has told PANA. Full text...

  • Singer John Legend to perform at Angolan gala in November
    20 october 2011 11:26:47
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - American R&B singer John Legend will perform at a fundraising gala being organised by the Angolan Red Cross on 5 November 2011. Full text...

  • UNESCO convenes meeting on safeguarding Libya’s cultural heritage
    18 october 2011 18:29:06
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has invited experts from both sides of the Libyan conflict as well as from outside of Libya to urgently examine the preservation of the cultural heritage in the north African country, according to a UNESCO press statement issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • University of Bamako split into 4 different universities
    18 october 2011 16:35:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government has split the University of Bamako in four separate universities, saying the measure was to ensure better management of higher education in the country, official sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Marrakech International Film Festival to be held in December
    13 october 2011 14:38:40
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The 11th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (FIFM) will be held 2-10 December, organizers said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Congolese actor Dieudonnné Kabongo dies on stage
    12 october 2011 12:53:11
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Congolese comedian, Dieudonné Kabongo, died Tuesday while performing at the cultural centre in Jette, a district of the Belgian capital, Brussels, sources told PANA. Full text...

  • 4th Bamako tourism fair opens Friday
    11 october 2011 12:24:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The 4th International Bamako Tourism Fair is due to open here Friday, with over 300 participants, including several delegations from the sub-region, expected to attend, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Algerian ex-international, Rabah Madjer, to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    10 october 2011 15:52:44
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, will designate Rabah Madjer, the famous Algerian footballer, as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 12 October. Full text...

  • World Memory Register gets seven new additions
    06 october 2011 22:39:33
    Paris, France (PANA) - Seven new documentary collections from Angola, Armenia, France, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Portugal, and the USA, have been added to the Register of he UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's Memory of the World Programme. Full text...

  • Africa challenged to come up with indigenous philosophy of development
    01 october 2011 10:24:27
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) – Africa needs to come up with an indigenous philosophy of development determined and influenced by the mores of traditional values derived from its own linguistic and cultural repertoire, a university lecturer from the department of African Languages and Literature, University of Zimbabwe, has said. Full text...

  • Book on Niger River published in France
    30 september 2011 22:28:17
    Paris, France (PANA) – A book on the Niger River has been published in the French capital, Paris, by Gandvaux Publishers, under the title "Fleuve Niger, cœur du Mali" (Niger River, the heart of Mali). Full text...

  • Africa pushes for indigenous language in continet's development
    30 september 2011 21:31:45
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  • UNESCO organizes forum on Gender Equality in education
    27 september 2011 17:07:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) will host a High-Level Policy Forum, entitled “Gender equality in education: Looking beyond parity”, on 3 and 4 October in Paris, the French capital. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian music star ends career
    26 september 2011 22:10:30
    Paris, France (PANA) – Cape Verdian music star, Cesaria Evora, has ended her career for health reasons, her production house, Lusafrica, announced in Paris on Monday. Full text...

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