UNESCO and the Russian Federation cooperate to restore Chechnya's education systemParis - UNESCO Director-General Ko´chiro Matsuura and the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Filipov, will sign an Aide-Memoire on Friday, March 14, reinforcing cooperation on the restoration of the education system in the Republic of Chechnya.
The Aide-Memoire reflects the intention of both parties to cooperate on the follow-up of the recommendations and proposals contained in a recent assessment of education in Chechnya, prepared by Russian education officials and their Chechen counterparts, with technical support from UNESCO. It also follows a meeting last February 10 between Mr Matsuura and the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, during which ways of improving the education system in Chechnya were discussed.
Priority will initially be given to three areas: nutritional and health education of children; psychological and social rehabilitation of children; and advice on creation of an education complex and the establishment of a programme to develop national education capacities.
Mr Filipov will arrive at UNESCO directly from Chechnya for the signing ceremony, which will be followed by a press conference with the Minister (at 5.15 pm, room 5).
Journalists wishing to attend must be accredited by UNESCO’s Press Service. Tel: 01 45 68 17 48. Fax: 01 45 68 56 52