UNA Slovenia Youth Section – Opening of an Africa themed exhibition

“School – the Key to Development: pupils of Angola, Malawi and Ghana”

UNA Slovenia Youth Section - Africa exhibitionYouth Section of United Nations Association of Slovenia prepared an exhibition in collaboration with the Slovenian School Museum. The exhibition, entitled  “School – the Key to Development: pupils of Angola, Malawi and Ghana” can be seen until December at the UNA Slovenia premises in Ljubljana.

UNA Slovenia has in the past few years developed a campaign about the Millennium Development Goals in order to inform the public and raise awareness. Second Millennium Development Goal states that we shall provide universal primary education for all children until the year 2015. The right to education is, after all, one of the fundamental human rights, which is essential for the development of human personality. The authors of the exhibition, Tomaž Gorenc, Tina Palaič and Polona Koželj, have clearly shown, that they have become aware of the importance of education while they were doing their voluntary work in Angola, Malawi and Ghana.

The exhibition is based on these individuals’ own experiences and the photos that together build a wider picture of the three African countries. Tomaž Gorenc was working with international organizations VIDES in Angola in Benguela’s social center. He was teaching children aged 12 to 19 years for one month. Polona Koželj was in Malawi, in a state school in the capital of the state, Lilongwe. She was teaching children aged 9 to 15 years for three weeks and cooperated with missioners in Don Bosco youth center. Tina Palaić travelled to Ghana, to Tamale. She was working in Ghanaian organization CINORG (Children In Need Organization) with six-years old children for three weeks.

At the opening of the exhibition the president of UNA Slovenia, professor, dr. Bojko Bučar, delivered his speech in which he greeted the cooperation with the Slovenian School Museum. He expressed his opinion that the exhibition will contribute to the society’s awareness of importance of intercultural learning. Mr. Stane Okoliš, Director of the Slovenian School Museum, said that he was pleased that the exhibition moved to the new location, and highlighted the efforts of the Slovenian School Museum in raising the awareness in the field of education throughout the world. The Ambassador Andrej Logar, Head of the Sector for International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, welcomed the exhibition as a major contribution in the field of education about African culture. The event was enriched with Senghor’s songs recitals – Senghor was the first President of Senegal and a great African poet.

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