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
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.
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.