Director-General’s meeting with Government Ministers in Tanzania
During her visit to Tanzania, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, took part in a roundtable with Ministers and Officials on issues relating to UNESCO and its fields of competence.
The Tanzanian Delegation was led by the Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Mr Shukuru Kawambwa, who commended the Director-General for her leadership of UNESCO, making its action more focused and leading the reform process in a strategic way.
The Tanzanian Government also supported the Director-General and UNESCO for the priority given to Africa and Gender Equality. The Tanzanian Government highlighted its satisfaction with regard to the decision to restructure UNESCO’s office in Dar es Salaam, transforming it into a National Office to Tanzania, underlining its view that the National Office will play an instrumental role in advancing national priorities.
Discussions during the Roundtable highlighted the strong cooperation between the Organization and the United Republic of Tanzania, which is highly appreciated by all, especially in the areas of education, communication and information, culture, as well as Science Technology and Innovation (STI). The role of education as a motor for development and as leverage to fulfill Tanzania’s vision for 2025 was also underlined. The discussion noted that while progress has been made in term of access to education, including girl’s education, raising the quality of education remains a challenge.
In this regard, the Tanzanian Government underlined its commitment to pursue further efforts to enhance teacher training, to bolster higher education for the empowerment of youth, and to work for a more conducive learning environment. UNESCO’s key role in accompanying the Tanzanian Government in its reform of the STI system was also recalled with appreciation. The Tanzanian Government requested the ongoing support of the Organization in this process.
The Director-General commended the Tanzanian Government for its strong commitment to inclusive and sustainable development and congratulated it on its significant achievements in areas of UNESCO’s competences. She underlined the Organization’s determination to continue supporting the country in its efforts to overcome the challenges it faces, including with regard to the quality of education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) for youth employment, bolstering the collection of data and statistics, and moving forward with STI. Irina Bokova noted Tanzania’s application to the Global Partnership on Education, highlighting its importance and UNESCO’s readiness to accompany the Government in the process.
The Director-General referred also to the Organization’s reform process in the field, which will reinforce UNESCO’s presence and strengthen its delivery, emphasizing here the role of the Dar es Salaam Office in accompanying the country in its action to realize its vision for 2025.