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Africa on the right path to universal access to education

Story by Oleen Ndori, Foreign Desk Editor

THE African Union (UN) has committed the year 2024 to accelerate systems that develop the education sector.

The decision has received buy-in across the continent with Egypt’s representative in Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Salwa Mowafi convinced the continent is on the right path towards ensuring universal access to education.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Four seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

With this in mind, the African Union is striving for member states to put in place measures that push for this goal.

As the continent prepares to celebrate Africa Day on the 25th of this month, Egyptian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Her Excellency Salwa Mowafi believes the continent is making strides in the sector as African countries are engaging in bilateral and multi-lateral ways to achieve the target.

“The continent has made tremendous growth in this sector- my country is collaborating with different countries including Zimbabwe so that we can engage and cooperate in developing our education sector for the benefit of our people,” she said.

With Zimbabwe and Egypt exchanging knowledge in the smart cities initiatives, Ambassador Mowafi says cooperation between the two countries has been cemented in the wake of enhanced economic ties.

“Zimbabwe and Egypt are collaborating in several fields and that includes the smart cities Initiative as well as the medical area; these are very important as they can shape the economic development of our two countries,” said Ambassador Mowafi.

According to Egypt’s top diplomat, the Africa Continental Free Trade area presents a unique opportunity for African states to further drive development through the free flow of goods and services.

She said, “The Africa continental free trade area is a positive development for our continent as it allows us to trace and exchange amongst our people for our continent’s development and growth.”

Africa Day is an opportunity for the continent to speak louder and united on issues affecting its people while celebrating African diversity and highlighting the economic potential that exists on the continent.

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