23.02.2011 - ODG

Director-General explores education and culture in Lima, Peru

© UNESCO/Sophie El Akremi - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with students during her visit to the Colegio Mayor Presidente de la Republica in Lima, Peru on 21 February 2011

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova began her first official visit to Peru by meeting with President Alan García and Government Ministers in Lima on 21 February 2011.

President Alan García received Irina Bokova with honours at the Government Palace for a bilateral meeting, in which they examined cooperation in education, the sciences, and culture. The President presented the Director-General with the government’s measures to curb illiteracy and underscored his commitment to education. The Director-General commended President García for Peru’s efforts in promoting cultural heritage, noting the seven museums that have recently been inaugurated in the country.

In her meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr José Antonio García Belaunde, the Director-General expressed appreciation for Peru’s strong commitment to promote culture as a lever for development. Based on the challenges currently facing Peru, their talks focused on using economic growth to foster a more equitable society.

The Director-General met with Ms Susana Villarán de la Puente, Mayor of Lima, who presented Ms Bokova with the keys to the capital city. She also visited the ‘Colegio Mayor Presidente de la República’, a public institution that gathers all the best and brightest students in the country (15 to 18 years of age), where she talked with girls and boys studying there. 

During her working meeting with the Minister of Environment, Mr Antonio Brack Egg, Irina Bokova also met with members of the Ashaninka Yanesha community from the region of Oxapampa in Peru.

On the second day of her official visit, 22 February, the Director-General held a meeting with Mr José Antonio Chang, Minister of Education, President of the Council of Ministers and President of the Peruvian National Commission to UNESCO.  She went on to visit the Archeological Museum Larco Herrera and met with the Minister of Culture, Mr Juan Ossio Acuña, at the Museum of the Peruvian Nation. 

Following her meeting with the Vice President of the Peruvian Congress, Mr Alejandro Aguinaga, Irina Bokova concluded her visit to Lima by delivering an address to the National Congress about the importance of investing in education and culture for sustainable development.

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