As the African Union debates on ways to achieve Agenda 2063, the nations are not agreeing on the most important issue of the agenda. While some believe that education should be the first issue to tackle, some insist on the importance of economic development of the continent.
Fourteen countries, including Botswana, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan and Madagascar are working on a resolution which will focus on the importance of improving the education system across Africa, as a way to improve the quality of life of the future African generations.
“We believe that if we increase education, and at the same time we increase the number of jobs […] there will be […] economic growth” states Rwanda’s delegate.
On the other side, another group has formed between Djibouti, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ethiopia and other nations, claiming that the main issue would be the economic development of Africa.
As Zimbabwe states during a debate on the importance of education, which is restated later by Djibouti’s delegate, education is a big issue, but they’re afraid that if they don’t stress enough on economic growth, the educated people will simply leave, because of the lack of work opportunities.
“We want a better Africa made by Africa,.” insists Djibouti’s delegate.
When questioned on this matter, Rwanda states that his group are also concerned by economic development. They plan on working on both issues at the same time.
“It’s a long term effort, but we have a fund of UNICEF and some institutions like the United Nations which will serve as a base”, Rwanda affirms.
Another small group is also working on economic development, especially on the issue of corruption.
Laurence Pinet -The Globe and Mail