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Conference on Dialogue among Civilisations, Cultures and Peoples through Education and Science.   Abuja , Nigeria

19-22 June 2006


Since the UN declaration of 2001 as the Year for Dialogue among Civilisations, there have been many regional conferences, meetings in a wide range of countries.   These meetings have succeeded as advocates for dialogue and in highlighting the fact that dialogue can serve many purposes.   The meeting in Abuja was organised to specifically focus on the role of Education and Science in the promotion of dialogue among civilisations.   It was jointly convened by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Director-General of UNESCO.

The meeting attracted participants from all over Africa although the majority were from Nigeria . There were participants from South Africa , Malawi , Botswana , Ghana , Liberia , and Uganda . The Conference was officially opened by H.E. The President of the Republic of Nigeria (President O. Obasanjo ) and the Director-General of UNESCO (Mr. K. Matsuura).   The welcome remarks were made by the Minister of State Education (Mrs. Grace Ogwuche ).

The meeting was conducted through two parallel working groups:   one on Science and another on Education.   Prof. Joseph G. Massaquoi , Regional Director for Science     participated in the working group session on Science. Prof Massaquoi's Paper, Dialogue among Civilization s: The link with Science, Technology and Development, formed the basis of his intervention during the working group discussion as indeed was the case for all those who had submitted papers.

In the Science session, several issues emerge.   These ranged from the use of the Diaspora Scientists, the role of AU/NEPAD in the development of Science and Technology on the continent to the development of Indigenous Knowledge.




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