24 January 2006

Mozambique: Minister Meets with Mozambican Students in Sudan

Photo: Aly Ramji / Mediapix
H. E. Armando Emilio Guebuza President of Mozambique.

Khartoum — The Mozambican and Sudanese governments could, in the near future, establishment relations of cooperation in the area of education, according to Mozambican Education Minister Aires Aly.

Aly is in Khartoum as part of the Mozambican delegation to the summit of the African Union, and on Sunday he took the opportunity to meet with Mozambican students who are attending various courses in Sudan.

Mozambican participation in these courses was arranged, not through official channels, but through various islamic organisations.

Aly told Mozambican journalists covering the summit that, at his meeting with the students, "it became clear that we need to enter into contact with the Sudanese government to see if we can find official forms of cooperation".

"The students are highly motivated", he said, "and I could understand that there are courses which can be very useful to our country. We can probably find ways of going further with this training, and we're thinking in terms of these students' post- graduate studies".

Aly was pleased that the main theme of this summit is "Education and Culture". He thought this showed that African leaders are aware that education has a very important role to play in creating the necessary basis for sustainable development.

"If we really want to advance, we have to rely on training human resources, and on creating the technical conditions for the secure development of the continent and to face the challenges of the millennium", he said.

The summit is reviewing reports from African education ministries concerning the first decade of Education for Africa, which ends this year.

From these findings, the summit is expected to adopt a declaration on the future of education on the continent, in the hope that the second decade of Education for Africa will be better than the first.

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