Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Equatorial Guinea Students Start 2010-2011 School Year With New Supplies

Education Ministry Provides Materials to Public Schools Nationwide

President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial ) demonstrated his government’s commitment to boost access to education and provide quality education to the country’s citizens through a significant donation of school supplies to school districts nationwide. The Minister of Education, Filiberto Ntutumu Nguema, presented the materials to the district directors of the country’s public schools.

The materials donated by the President and distributed by the Education Ministry included a wealth of books, which, as stated by the Minister of Education, would be distributed proportionally according to the school districts. The Minister of Education also urged the inspectors to fairly and transparently distribute the school supplies to all districts and municipalities.

This meeting with the school authorities was also attended by the Secretary-General of Education, Miguel Esono Mansogo and the Director General of the Office and Technical Advisor to the Minister of State, Armando Ndemesogo Esono.

Equatorial Guinea is making strides to meet the goals set forth by the Horizon 2020 development plan, put in place by President Obiang to transform Equatorial Guinea into an emerging economy by 2020. Education is a key focus of the country’s development program, and the “Education for All” initiative includes widespread efforts to increase enrollment, construction and remodeling of primary and secondary schools, and the construction of centers for professional formation and universities.

The country’s efforts and progress have been recognized by UNESCO with recent data that ranked Equatorial Guinea as the highest adult literacy country in Sub-Saharan Africa, reaching 93% of the population. While significant work remains to be done, the country continues its path toward achieving both the UN Millennium Goals for 2015 and those of Horizon 2020.