The United Republic of Tanzania and UNESCO strengthen cooperation

The United Republic of Tanzania and UNESCO strengthen cooperation

On 16 May 2006, in the context of the Houphoüet-Boigny Prize ceremony, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura received Mr Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania with whom he discussed the strengthening of cooperation between the Organization and this country.

In his remarks, President Kikwete congratulated the Director-General for the Organization’s worldwide action in favour of education, culture, sciences and communication as well as for the reform process undertaken during the past six years. He expressed his satisfaction with Tanzania’s cooperation with UNESCO. With regard to education, The President of the United republic of Tanzania noted the success achieved by his country in increasing access to primary education and requested UNESCO to support his Government’s efforts to broaden access to secondary education and tertiary levels. He noted, in particular, the ongoing programme to establish a total of 2,500 secondary schools countrywide, and the creation of a new university devoted to science and technology. President Kikwete called on UNESCO to pursue its technical assistance in teacher training and capacity building. He also expressed the hope that adult literacy as well as girls’ education programmes will be strengthened further. Turning to culture, President Kikwete said that the main challenge remained to ensure the proper conservation of the World Heritage List sites in Tanzania.

For his part, the Director-General noted with satisfaction his official visit to Tanzania in December 2002, had been given a further impetus to the cooperation between this country and UNESCO. In particular, he underlined that Tanzania is participating in the first round of countries benefiting from the high-priority UNESCO Initiative on Teacher Training in sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA) for 2006-2015. Recalling the Organization’s past collaboration in the establishment of the University of Zanzibar, he welcomed the new proposal to establish a science and technology university and pledged UNESCO’s assistance. In the area of culture, Mr Matsuura congratulated Tanzania for being very active in the context of the World Heritage Convention, already having 6 sites inscribed on the World Heritage List and having a number of good candidate sites.

Regarding the regional cooperation, the Director-General stressed the importance that he attaches to the African Union Second decade of education in Africa, to enable African countries to achieve the six EFA goals. In this regard, he highlighted the critical role played by the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) in the collection of data and capacity building, which is an essential element to monitoring the education decade, and also to provide to the decision makers statistics which enable them to take appropriated solutions to the problems that Africa’s education systems are facing.

In concluding the meeting, the Director-General thanked the Government of Tanzania for the support that is providing to the UNESCO Dar es Salaam Cluster Office, which covers some other Indian Ocean countries.

Mr Haroun Suleiman, Minister of Education and Vocational Training of Zanzibar, Mr Seif Iddi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ambassador Pascal Ngaiza, Director for Europe and Americas, Prof Mohamed Sheya, Deputy Permanent to UNESCO also attended the meeting.

  • Auteur(s):Flash Info n°075-2006
  • Source:Flash Info n°075-2006
  • 16-05-2006
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