Thursday, September 6, 2012

Equatorial Guinea Minister of Education Talks About Challenges and Successes in Education

In a recent interview, Mari Carmen Ecoro, minister of education and science, discussed Equatorial Guinea’s high literacy rate at 93 percent and educational challenges facing the African nation.

Equatorial Guinea’s literacy rate is the product of cooperation and partnership with world-renowned universities in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia, notes Ecoro. “Whatever they offer us as a cooperation, we tailor that to the objectives of the government had identified. Sometimes, when you learn from the best, the best seem to forget that they are the providers of the knowledge. We exceeded the expectations. We learned it from the best and we use it so it can benefit us,” said Ecoro.

Ecoro also commented that the greatest opportunity lies in the ministry’s commitment to putting children first, and everything else second. “Yesterday, there was another minister of education, today, I’m the Minister of Education, and tomorrow there can be someone else. It is important to keep in mind that we are here to serve and not the other way around.”