Roundtable on “The General History of Africa: Learning and Teaching about African Heritage”

When, local time: 
Friday, 10 July 2015 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Where: 
United States of America, New York
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
Valtchanova, Lily [l.valtchanova@unesco.org] and Kimberly Mann [mailto:mann@un.org]

This event aims to raise awareness on the importance of teaching the history of Africa at all levels within the education system and to reflect on how the General History of Africa could be incorporated into national curricula and, thus, contribute to the implementation of the action plan for the International Decade for People of African Descent.
Following the proclamation of the UN General Assembly of 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237), which aims, inter alia to promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies, the Department of Communications and Public Information of the United Nations and UNESCO are organizing a Roundtable which will focus on how the General History of Africa could be translated into pedagogical material to be incorporated in the national curricula, for use by teachers and learners and, thus, contribute to the implementation of the Action plan for the International Decade for People of African Descent. The Director-General of UNESCO, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kenya to the United Nations and the Permanent Observer of the African Union will make the opening remarks. They will be followed by high level panelists who will discuss this issue. The roundtable discussions will be moderated by the Officer-in-charge of the UN Department for Communications and Public Information.