The Director General of UNESCO, Mrs. Audrey AZOULAY proceeded to a visit to Cameroonian soil from 05 to 07 February. Four Highlights marked his stay there.
Meeting with the Head of State of Cameroon His Excellency Paul Biya
On January 6, 2022, The President of the Republic of Cameroon His Excellency Mr. Paul BIYA received in audience Mrs. Audrey AZOULAY. Their interview focused on the right to education and the deployment of Community Radios. Speaking to the press after her interview with the HEAD OF STATE which lasted about thirty minutes, Madam DG of Unesco, referring to the serious health crisis due to the coronavirus which has affected the world, noted that:
« Cameroon is one of the countries with which UNESCO has worked best to ensure pedagogical continuity through distance education in various ways »
She added that:
« Cameroon’s experience is useful today for all areas where education is still difficult because we are very committed to defending the right to education. »
She further stated that:
« Community radios are important to have a presence in the diversity of languages, cultures and territories above all, with a strong involvement of civil society, young people, journalists, the cultural world and the associative world. »
Visit of the National Museum of Yaounde
This Sunday, February 06, 2022, following the audience granted by the Head of State, Mrs. Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO and her delegation composed of:
- Mr. Firmin Matoko Assistant Director General for Africa Priorities and External Relations
- Mr. Eloundou Assomo Lazare Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center
- Mrs. Marketa, Assistant to Mrs. DG UNESCO
- Mr. Salah khaled, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office for Central Africa
visited the National Museum of Yaoundé where she was welcomed by Mr. BIDOUNG MKPATT, Minister of Arts and Culture, Vice-President of the National Commission for UNESCO.
For the occasion, the DG of UNESCO was accompanied by the Minister of Basic Education, President of the National Commission for UNESCO, Professor Laurent Serge ETOUNDI NGOA, His Excellency Magnus EKOUMOU, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Cameroon in France and Permanent Delegate for Unesco, Mr. Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO, and Mr. Director of the United Nations and Decentralized Cooperation among others.
Launch of the BOUBA ET ZAAZA comic strip
Mrs. Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, on Monday February 07, 2022 at 10 a.m. sharp, launched the BOUBA ET ZAAZA comic strip at the Bastos school complex in the presence of the Minister of Basic Education, Professor Laurent Serge ETOUNDI NGOA and officials from Minedub and NATCOM. The said ceremony saw a participatory interaction session between the students and the Director General of Unesco. Bouba and Zaza is a comic strip from the collection of children’s books initiated by UNESCO, Michel LAFON editions and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) to raise children’s awareness of life in society and the issues such as AIDS, war or the protection of the earth.
Inauguration of the headquarters building of the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office
The visit of the Director General of UNESCO ended in the afternoon of February 7 with the inauguration of the New Headquarters Building of the UNESCO Multisectoral Regional Office for Central Africa. There were present the Minister of Basic Education, President of the National Commission for UNESCO, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, the President of FECAFOOT, representatives of sectoral administrations and special guests. The said ceremony witnessed the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between FECAFOOT and the Regional Office.