16.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO discusses the ninth volume of the collection General History of Africa with researchers

The new volume of the General History of Africa Collection, which will tell about the History of the African Diaspora is discussed on Monday (16- July), from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., among UNESCO experts and researchers in the VII Brazilian Congress of Black Researchers, which takes place between 16 -20 July, 2012, in Florianópolis. This volume is previewed since the original project, started in the 1960s, but does not have the Portuguese version.

The Portuguese edition of the General History of Africa Collection was launched in end of 2010, a partnership between UNESCO office in Brazil with the Ministry of Education and the Federal University of São Carlos, within the Brazil-Africa: A Crossed History Programme, established by UNESCO in 2007. Among other actions, the Brazil-Africa is developing training materials on African and African-Brazilian history for basic education teachers.

The Coordinator of the Education Sector of UNESCO in Brazil, Paolo Fontani, the Chief of the History and Memory Dialogue Section of UNESCO headquarters, Ali Moussa Iye, the Board of Education Policies for Diversity in the Field of the Secretariat of Continuing Education, Literacy, Diversity and Inclusion of the Ministry of Education, Viviane Fernandes Farias, a group of about 20 researchers from Brazil, including the professors Kebengele Munanga, from the University of São Paulo and Petronilha Beatriz Gonçalves da Silva, Rapporteur of the National Curriculum Guidelines for Education of Racial-Ethnic Relations, African and African-Brazilian History and Culture, as well as international researchers from different fields of knowledge such as Jean Michel Tali and Elikia M'Bokolo, members of the International Scientific Committee for the Pedagogical Use of the General History of Africa Collection, will participate in the discussion of such new volume.

In the 36th UNESCO General Conference, held in October 2011 in Paris, there was recognition that UNESCO’s General History of Africa Collection is one of the most important intellectual achievements of the twentieth century. One consequence of this recognition was the recommendation that the States Parties should continue to  support the project for "the development of teaching materials", "translation of the eight-volume collection of the General History of Africa into other African languages, as well as for Spanish , especially for the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean "and" the writing and publication of a ninth volume that integrates the history of the African Diaspora and the progress of African historiography."

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