Process begins for Government and UNESCO agreements

The UNESCO Representative for Cameroon, Angola, Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, SAPound o Tome and Principe, and Chad, Salah Khaled, has been in Malabo since 6th August, accompanied by a delegation from the institution, in order to take the first steps towards implementing the Afro-American University of Oyala.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeon Esono Oyono Angue, accompanied by the Minister for Education, University Teaching and Sports, JesA�s Engonga Mdong, were the departmental ministers who, through the mandate of the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, signed in Paris an agreement for a framework on multi sector cooperation, which also encompasses the departments of Culture and Social Affairs.

The meeting with Salah Khaled was to deal with the implementation of the agreements, in addition to others planned, such as an improvement to education in the country. The agreement in question also covers additional training for the teaching profession, as it is expected that the new university will house an IT and communications technology training centre.

In conversation with, the UNESCO representative announced the date on which the experts were to arrive in order to implement the agreements, with the aim of exploring employment opportunities for young Equatoguineans in the industry and art sectors, initially.

Some of the other highlighted points include the Addis Abeba UNESCO convention on the recognition and equivalence of degrees and certificates in higher education. Togo was the first African country to sign the agreement. For that reason, Salah Khaled proposed to the Minister for Foreign Affairs that Equatorial Guinea could be the second country from the five to enjoy the treaty, which is of great importance to higher education in Equatorial Guinea.

We looked at the training of young people in the areas of Science and Human Resources; the university project is not only a national plan, but regional and continental, for the whole of Africa. Learning about the science of technology and communication is important at this university. UNESCO also believes it pertinent to set up in Equatorial Guinea a headquarters to monitor this project, in collaboration with the Government. “It is part of my visit to Malabo to study through the United Nations the setting up of this antenna of the UNESCO office in Equatorial Guinea”, he concluded.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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