Wednesday, July 17, 2013

UNESCO: 21st Century Reparations?

Within the United Nations is an organization called the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.  This group is one we have discussed at length before.  The UNESCO framework has been used as the foundation for the implementation of Common Core.

One of the missions of UNESCO is a program called "Priority Africa."

Priority Africa: Education

© UNESCO/M. Hofer. Un jeune congolais pendant une classe de mathématique à l'école primaire de Mugosi.
Africa is a priority for UNESCO and education is key to the region’s development. UNESCO's programmes  towards the African continent have been build up in such a way that they are to focus on the challenges that Africa is facing.

Throughout the UNESCO midterm strategy document for 2008-2013, it states numerous times that Africa is a "priority" :

"UNESCO shall accord priority to Africa and to gender equality in all its fields of competence throughout the duration of the Medium-Term Strategy..."

"UNESCO intends to give priority and fresh impetus to its support for development efforts in Africa, which remains the main beneficiary of its action. Such action will be aimed principally at meeting the major goals and international commitments, such as education for all (EFA), the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and those of the African Union (AU), including NEPAD, that provide a common framework for concrete international action in support of Africa’s development."

"UNESCO will assist Member States, especially in Africa, to expand access for all learners to quality education at all levels of the education system, from early childhood to higher education through formal and non-formal approaches and drawing on innovative ICT-based approaches."

"UNESCO has a vital role in helping to strengthen national science and technology capacities and create an enabling environment, especially in Africa,"

"UNESCO will support Member States, notably in AfricaLDCs and SIDS, in developing their national science, technology and innovation policies and building human and institutional capacities in the sciences."

Which countries are the largest donors to UNESCO?

Top donor countries are 
"evil colonialists."