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    The Board of Governors

    - The Board of Governors met in Dakar, April 2000. It was reported that the Chairperson of the Board,the Hon. Dr E. Khiddu-Makubuya, Minister of Education, Sports and Culture in Uganda had visited the construction site of the Centre in Malawi in March 2000. During the meeting, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Uganda signed the legal Document of the Centre.

    - In 1999, during the General Conference of UNESCO in Paris, the African Ministers of Education from Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe signed the Legal Framework of the Centre that emphasizes the united front the Ministers are taking to address the growing problems of young people, particularly girls. In December the Ministers met again at the meeting of the Board of Governors in Johannesburg, South Africa. In this meeting Kenya, Niger and South Africa took the opportunity to sign the Legal Framework. They also discussed the appointment of the Director for the Centre. Out of the nine applicants six names more selected for interview. The interviews took place in Malawi in March 2000.

    - the Board of Governors met again in July 1997 in Gaborone, Botswana in order to discuss the draft legal Framework for the Centre, examine and discuss the redesigned architectural plans and the budget for the Centre.

    - On 29 April 1997, the ground-breaking ceremony was led by the Director-General of UNESCO and the Vice-president of Malawi, The Right Honourable Justin Malewezi, and symbolized the beginning of Phase 1 of the Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development Centre for Africa. Contributions to the establishment of the Centre are being solicited from various sources including the international community, local and regional companies and service clubs. The president of Malawi, The Right Honourable Bakili Muluzi, has kindly dedicated 26 hectares of land for the Centre.

    - On 28 April 1997, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Federico Mayor attended the first meeting of the Board of Governors for the Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development Centre for Africa in Malawi. The Board of Governors comprises Ministers of Education from the participating countries.

    The programme has many partners.The main ones are the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), the Islamic Organization for Education (ISESCO), DANIDA and Finland. Other partners include UNICEF, UNFPA, and the Rockefeller Foundation at the country level. Efforts are being made to strenghten partnership with ISESCO so that its Member States can benefit.

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