Information note on UNESCO activities in Africa
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic and Social Council;
United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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The year I96I was the year of Africa in UNESCO, as it was for the United Nations family in general. From a membership of two States at the time of its founding, African membership in UNESCO has now expanded to 33 Member States and Associate Members, The immediate response of UNESCO to this fact has been to make UNESCO's programme in Africa commensurate with that operating in the other great regions of the world. It has risen from the previous 2 percent to over 20 percent for the biennium 1961-62. It is recognized by the African States themselves, and the United Nations family, that the essential pre-condition for both political consolidation and economic and social development today in Africa lies in education, in the development of a well-balanced African educational system, in the rapid establishment of such a system to meet the lack of skilled man power - technicians, teachers, administrators, doctors, businessmen and specialists, which faces the countries in all sectors of society.