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Participants in the Pan-African Forum Recommend the Valorization of African Culture
an article by CPNN on the basis of two articles by the National Radio of Angola: 70892 and 71013

Participants at the Pan African Forum: Fundamentals and Resources for a Culture of Peace recommended Thursday, 28/03, in Luanda, the valorization of African culture in dialogue and reconciliation as found in the National Republic of Angola (See also CPNN on March 26.

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According to the final communiqué of the event, which lasted for three days and whose final ceremony was chaired by the Angolan minister of Education, Mpinda Simon, African culture should be promoted through the educational use of the General History of Africa, highlighting the great personalities who have contributed to peace building and promotion of permanent interactive community dialogue and reconciliation, involving civil society and the media.

The Forum also recommended the strengthening of relations between education and culture to build pathways to effective education and training, to promote peaceful coexistence in Africa, by conducting studies on the mechanisms of conflict resolution in traditional societies in different regions of the continent. The revision of the curriculum of general and university education to emphasize the culture, languages, and history of Africa was also highlighted.

Participants concluded that the implementation of the proposals for a culture of peace rests on the consideration in national education policy. However, the document adds, the analyzes show that the educational systems in the African region still depend largely on outside help, which favors the degradation of local customs and values.

Based on the accumulated experience in various countries in Africa in terms of rites and traditions, the endogenous initiation of women/girls and men/boys can help rebuild a culture of peace, starting at home and going through the different levels of formal education and non-formal.

The Forum also recommended the development of the cultural economy, creating jobs for the youth, the vision of sustainable development of the continent by promoting mechanisms that promote youth entrepreneurship in the new technology sectors and the cultural industry.

With regard to natural resources, it was recommended to continue the promotion of scientific cooperation and diplomacy for sharing of resources, involving increasingly, educational institutions and scientific research, policy makers and local, regional and international funders. Also in this area, it was proposed to develop green and blue economies, create jobs for all, especially for young people, incorporating the curricula of general and higher education syllabus related technologies in this field, and promoting their funding.

Anthropologist Ana Maria Oliveira, delegate to the Pan-African Forum, considers that "Cultural values are an indispensable foundation for the consolidation of the personality of a country, I think it is all relevant and important to this discussion."

And university professor, Laurinda Uigard, said that "this forum will bring to our country, the rightful role as a leader on the African continent to consolidate a peace process, after many decades of violence" .

For official conclusions of the forum see the UNESCO report.

(Click here for a Portuguese version of this article)


Question(s) related to this article:

The understanding of indigenous peoples, Can it help us cultivate a culture of peace?

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Latest reader comment:

Two articles in recent years in CPNN point to the renewed recognition of the importance of indigenous knowledge and traditions to help save us from the ecological disaster of the global industrialized economy.

In the article preparing for the upcoming People's Summit in Rio (See CPNN April 12, 2012), Fabiola Ortiz emphasizes the importance of involving indigenous peoples in the decision-making about development projects.

The indigenous peoples of the Amazon made this argument very dramatically and eloquently in person at the World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil, as described the CPNN article of  February 6, 2009.

This report was posted on April 18, 2013.