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Morocco urges African countries to recommit to realizing the Continental Education Strategy

By Iddi Yire

Accra, May 25, GNA – Madam Imane Ouaadil, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Ghana, urged African countries to recommit to achieving the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA).

The objective of the Strategy is to develop programs to support national, regional and continental higher education activities with a special focus on quality assurance; harmonization and mutual recognition of qualifications; excellence in research, innovation and entrepreneurship; teaching and learning; and institutional leadership.

Mrs Ouaadil, who is also Dean of the African Group of Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Ghana, made the call on Friday in her speech at a flag-raising ceremony to mark the celebration of the 61st anniversary of the African Union (AU) in Accra.

The event, which had as its theme “Educating a fit African for the 21st century: building resilient education systems for greater access to inclusive, lifelong, quality and relevant learning in Africa”, was attended by Ms. Ouaadil and Mr. Kwaku Ampratum-Sarpong, a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in charge of Political and Economic Affairs, planting tree seedlings on the forecourt of the State House in Accra.

In attendance were members of the Ghanaian diplomatic community, students from Accra High School, Accra Girls Senior High School and St Thomas Aquinas Senior High School.

Ms Ouaadil said commitment to education had marked the continent’s progress since the independence era of the 1960s; And she added that “now more than ever, this determination must transform Africa into the world power of the 21st century.”

“The AU Year of Education is a unique opportunity to recommit Member States to achieving the Continental Strategy for Education in Africa, the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, as well as the 2063,” he stated.

“If knowledge is power, then education is the key to unlocking that power. Education is now at the center of the development debate, and rightly so.

“Today, 40 percent of all Africans are under 15 years old. Another 100 million children will be born here in 2050.

“Yet, of the million Africans who enter the labor market each month, less than 25 percent find a job in the formal economy.”

The Ambassador said this demographic dividend should offer a tremendous opportunity for Africa to build a valuable human capital base that will serve as an engine for the economic transformation of our continent.

He reiterated that the time has never been more opportune to focus on education, particularly science, technology and mathematics.

Ms Ouaadil said Africa’s growing young population would drive the continent’s growth and prosperity for the next generation, but only if they were equipped to do so.

He expressed gratitude and appreciation to the Government of Ghana for celebrating this unique day (AU Day) with the African ambassadors and high commissioners accredited to Ghana.

“As Chief Representatives of our respective countries, it is part of our cardinal responsibilities to promote political, economic and socio-cultural partnerships that lead to the realization of mutual benefits.”

GNA

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