Over the last few years and on an annual basis, the African Group at UNESCO celebrates African week at the Organization’s headquarters. This is an opportunity to celebrate Africa’s richness/beauty through exhibitions, discussions and screenings of works on the theme of “Education and Science for agriculture in Africa”.
This Africa week, which will take place from the 26th to the 28th of May 2014, aims not only to shed some light on challenges bound to the African continent, but also to show the wealth of Africa through numerous activities. Singers, dancers, painters, designers and models from all Africa will participate to highlight the rich continent of Africa with its diversity, cultural and artistic heritage.
With the knowledge that the African continent will experience a population explosion in next decades, the African member states Group to UNESCO would like to discuss and identify issues regarding the African population, namely science and education for a better management of natural resources and how to feed a growing population while protecting the environment. That is why the theme of “Education and Science for Agriculture” is considered as central for the 2014 edition of African week. The opening ceremony will be held Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:30 am in front of the piazza. His Excellency the Professor Jean B. Chabi Orou, President of the African Group, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Benin to UNESCO will deliver the opening speech accompanied by Her Excellency Mrs. Zohour Alaoui, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of Morocco to UNESCO and Mrs. Lalla Aicha Ben Barka, Assistant Director-General for UNESCO’s Africa Department. The ceremony will be followed by a visit to the exhibition/bazaar. The afternoon will be dedicated to a conference on Mr. Joseph Ki-Zerbo, politician and writer from Burkina-Faso. Tuesday May 27 form 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in room XI, a roundtable will be organized by the African Group on the theme of “education and science for agriculture in Africa”. The afternoon of May 27 and the morning of May 28 will be dedicated to film screenings, room XI, related to the discussions held during the roundtable.
Mrs. Irina Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO will then hold a briefing on the Priority Africa from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, room XI. She will discuss the implementation of the operational strategy for Priority Africa and remind us that all action from UNESCO is oriented towards this global priority and in particular towards the two major areas of actions for Africa: Building peace by building inclusive, peaceful and resilient societies and building institutional capacities for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
Africa week will end with an official reception in room I, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, led by a choir, performances by musical groups form different parts of Africa and fashion shows.