Read and Earn Federation for UNESCO (UNESCO REF) has partnered with Sonic Foundry Global Learning Exchange USA to develop a new education and training program for Nigerian youth.
The president of the UNESCO REF, Prince Abdulsalami Ladigbolu, made the announcement at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the partnership would give young people a competitive advantage in acquiring high-quality education, as well as updating target 4 of the UN SDGs.
According to him, the association is a training program in Nigeria for young Nigerians through 'The August Project (TAP) Category 2.9' in accordance with the United Nations goal 17 guidelines.
“This synergy is so important to us because there is no sharper revelation of the soul of society than how it treats its youth because to discourage youth is at the same time to destroy the nation's prosperity.
“And to achieve our goals, to encourage young people to achieve their goals, the UNESCO REF considers it essential to work with relevant stakeholders globally who share our priority to foster the intersection of fresh ideas among our young people.
“They do this by developing practical skills that would be available through SONIC FOUNDRY's GLOBAL LEARNING EXCAHNGE education center across the federation.
“Without a doubt, this will give our youth a competitive advantage to integrate high-quality education in the actualization of goal 4 of the UN SDGs in Nigeria,” he said.
Ladigbolu also said that the partnership was needed to play a critical role towards a formidable strategic implementation to achieve a level playing field for young people to explore and achieve their goals at their own pace.
The group's Executive Director, Joe Mozden, said the goal of the program was to provide quality education, facilitate youth development, invest and promote industry and infrastructure development.
Mozden also said it would help facilitate connections and partnerships that would promote economic growth and innovation.
He said the program would help provide the best possible learning experience for all students while using its presence to facilitate connections and networks that would bring significant benefits to the local economy and the Nigerian community as a whole.
” Global Learning Exchange™ is not your typical commercial enterprise. The business and official aspect needs to be sustainable, of course, but the concept grew out of Sonic Foundry's commitment to leveraging our global presence and expertise in communication technology and higher education to help solve long-standing, large-scale challenges around the world. the world.
“We believe that our goals are fundamentally aligned with those of The August Project and more broadly with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to provide quality education.
“We are excited about what our team can bring to the table, which is strong relationships with universities around the world, expertise in video communications technology, and an organizational model that makes good business sense.
“But we are also aware of the fact that we cannot do this alone. Therefore, one of our main areas of focus in the early stages of launching the Global Learning Exchange has been developing partnerships.
“We know that in order to achieve what we hope to achieve on a truly global scale, we need great partners,” he said.
He added that one of the focal points of the association was the introduction of scholarships to TAP participants.
Therefore, he said that TAP students who apply for a matriculated degree program through the Global Learning Exchange will receive a scholarship that covers 100 percent of the cost of the first course of the program.
He said that, however, if they maintain continued enrollment in the program, the scholarship would also cover 100 percent of the cost of the final course, and said that any student who registers for TAP in 2023 would be eligible.
Along the same lines, the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM-UNESCO), Mr. Lateef Olagunju, said that the association would go a long way to strategically expose young Nigerians to social dynamics.
Olagunju said he would also encourage them to be active participants in the government as responsible citizens of the country.
” Read and Earn has established itself as a vibrant multi-stakeholder body to discuss and build consensus on trends in development, cooperation for our younger generation in Nigeria.
“This initiative has also come at a particularly exciting time, as part of their contributions to the development and empowerment of youth in Nigeria.
"The collaboration between Read and Earn and the relevant international organizations will definitely help the nation because youth are the main instruments for the development of any nation and for that nation and its youth population to be relevant in the community of nations in the future" , said. said.(www..news.ng)
Edited /Julius Toba-Jegede
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Cross River says it is poised to ensure safe, secured and friendly environment for learning in public and private schools with the adoption of rules and regulations for primary and secondary schools in the state.
The State Commissioner for Education, Mr Godwin Amanke, said this on Friday in Calabar at a town hall meeting and media dissemination of Rules and Regulation for Primary and Secondary Schools.
Amanke represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Aniede Ekpenyong, said that he deemed the move necessary as it was only a safe environment that the quality of teaching and learning could be guaranteed.
The commissioner commended the Society for Family Health (SFH) and UNESCO for strengthening skills and the enthronement of a productive learning environment in schools.
He noted that within and outside the school environment, the child learner deserved the right to be protected from any form of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
“There is no denying the fact that what makes for quality education anywhere in the world is not just the presence of grandiose structures and facilities.
“Importantly, the quality of teaching and learning within a safe, secured and friendly environment devoid of any school-related-gender-based violence makes for a quality education.
“This, therefore, speaks to the importance of school rules and regulations as veritable tools for the smooth running of the school and for the overall interests and benefits of the learners, ’’he said.
Also, UNESCO called for a proper implementation of the rules and regulations for the school system to function effectively.
Mrs Oyebukola Tomori-Adeleye, Programme Specialist, UNESCO, said the body remained passionate to ensuring the protection of the well-being of the child.
Similarly, the Society for Family Health (SFH) said that the formal adoption of the document followed three years of brainstorming by stakeholders in the education sector.
Mr Godpower Omoregie, Practice Area Lead, Tuberculosis and HIV at SFH, listed the stakeholders to include: the Ministry of Education in the state, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, UNESCO, and SFH as well as the State Universal Basic Education.
He said only two states: Cross River, Kaduna as well as the Federal Capital Territory, were involved in this phase of the project.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has presented a budget of N245 billion for 2023 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly for approval.
Presenting the proposal tagged “Budget of Consolidation and Prosperity II” on Friday in Kano, Ganduje said it was aimed at consolidating and improving the wellbeing of the people of the state.
He said that the budget consisted of N144 billion for capital expenditure, representing 59 per cent and N100 billion for recurrent expenditure, representing 41 per cent.
“The health sector was allocated N39.1 billion; water resources N15 billion; transport sector N8.6 billion; agriculture sector N19.9 billion while works and infrastructure got N35billion,” he said.
The governor said that education sector got the Lion share of the budget with N62 billion, representing 27 per cent more than the UNESCO and UN recommendation.
He said that the money would be channeled into executing policies and programmes aimed at ensuring quality education at all levels.
Ganduje said that part of the money would also be used to enhance the state free and compulsory education programme.
He urged the lawmakers to ensure speedy passage of the budget, to enable the government to continue to provide dividends of democracy to people.
The governor also urged youths to shun all forms of violence, especially as the 2023 general elections got nearer.
The Speaker, Alhaji Hamisu Chidari, assured the governor of speedy passage of the budget to create time for January to December budget circle.
He urged government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to be ready for budget defence at the House.
The speaker also commended the governor for his stride in Infrastructure development, security, health and education sector.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation ( UNESCO) finds that some of the world’s most iconic glaciers are set to disappear by 2050, according to a new study.
The new study by UNESCO highlights the accelerated melting of glaciers in World Heritage sites, noting that glaciers in a third of sites are under threat, regardless of efforts to limit temperature increases.
However, the study outlines that it is still possible to save the other two-thirds, if the rise in global temperatures does not exceed 1.5°C compared to the pre-industrial era.
UNESCO, in a statement on Thursday, stated that this would be a major challenge facing delegates at the upcoming COP27 in Egypt.
Fifty UNESCO World Heritage sites are home to glaciers, representing almost 10 per cent of the Earth’s total glacierized area.
They include the highest (next to Mt. Everest), the longest (in Alaska), and the last remaining glaciers in Africa.
The UNESCO study, in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), shows that these glaciers have been retreating at an accelerated rate since 2000 due to CO2 emissions, which are warming temperatures.
They are currently losing 58 billion tons of ice every year – equivalent to the combined annual water use of France and Spain – and are responsible for nearly five per cent of observed global sea-level rise.
The glaciers under threat are in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania.
“This report is a call to action.
Only a rapid reduction in our CO2 emissions levels can save glaciers and the exceptional biodiversity that depends on them.
“COP27 will have a crucial role to help find solutions to this issue.
UNESCO is determined to support states in pursuing this goal,” Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO’s Director-General, said.
In addition to drastically reduced carbon emissions, UNESCO is advocating for the creation of a new international fund for glacier monitoring and preservation.
Such a fund would support comprehensive research, promote exchange networks between all stakeholders and implement early warning and disaster risk reduction measures.
Half of humanity depends directly or indirectly on glaciers as their water source for domestic use, agriculture, and power.
Glaciers are also pillars of biodiversity, feeding many ecosystems.
“When glaciers melt rapidly, millions of people face water scarcity and the increased risk of natural disasters such as flooding, and millions more may be displaced by the resulting rise in sea levels.
“This study highlights the urgent need to cut greenhouse gas emissions and invest in Nature-based Solutions, which can help mitigate climate change and allow people to better adapt to its impacts,” IUCN Director-General Dr Bruno Oberle, said.
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), on Wednesday renewed its call for all necessary measures to ensure that crimes committed against journalists are properly investigated, and their perpetrators identified and convicted.
According to new UNESCO data, global impunity rate for journalist killings remains shockingly high at 86 per cent.
The UN cultural agency made the appeal in its message to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.
A decade ago, countries endorsed the UN action plan which aims to protect journalists, prevent crimes against them, and pursue their perpetrators.
“This groundbreaking document was adopted to acknowledge the vital work journalists do – for example when they report on conflicts and crises, or when they inquire into the workings of power.
“Also, when they investigate corruption and other forms of injustice – as well as the risks they face when doing this,” Ms Audrey Azoulay, the UNESCO Director-General, said.
Much progress has been made since the plan’s adoption, she reported, with concrete measures implemented at the national, regional and global levels.
UNESCO has also played a part, including through training nearly 36,000 judicial, law enforcement and security officials on issues such as freedom of expression and the security of journalists, including online.
However, “journalists continue to be killed at an alarming rate,” Azoulay said.
UNESCO data reveals that 955 journalists have lost their lives over the past decade, and 2022 has been the deadliest year since 2018. Azoulay called for renewed commitment to protecting journalists everywhere, and at all times.
“This means in situations of conflict and crisis, of course, and UNESCO is supporting journalists in Ukraine and Afghanistan, for instance.
“It also means in times of peace – for that is when most journalists have been killed in recent years,” she said.
The UNESCO chief further called for stepping up efforts online, where new forms of violence have surfaced, especially targeting women, with three in four women journalists having experienced online harassment.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments and the international community to take necessary steps to protect journalists, to end a common culture of impunity and to enable journalists to do their essential work.
Guterres msde the appeal in his message on Wednesday to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 68163 at its 68th session in 2013, which proclaimed the November 2 as the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
The secretary-general underscored the importance of a free press, which he said, is vital to a functioning democracy, exposing wrongdoing, navigating our complex world.
He said a free press is vital to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the blueprint for a more just, equitable and greener future.
“On this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, let us honour our media workers, and stand up for truth, justice and human rights for all,” he said.
Despite their critical role, according to him, more than 70 journalists have been killed this year alone.
“Most of these crimes go unsolved.
Meanwhile, a record number of journalists are incarcerated today, while threats of imprisonment, violence, and death keep growing,” Guterres said.
Furthermore, he said a surge in disinformation, online bullying and hate speech, particularly against women journalists was contributing to the stifling of media workers around the globe.
“Intimidation through the abuse of legal, financial and other means, is undermining efforts to hold the powerful accountable.
These trends threaten not only journalists, but society as a whole,” he added.
Eighteen have been murdered so far this year, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), which maintains an online database on judicial enquiries into journalist killings worldwide.
Patricia Monreal Vázquez has been reporting for more than 25 years, and covers issues related to human rights, gender, and electoral and political issues.
She is based in Morelia, capital of the western state of Michoacán.
Monreal said violence against journalists had worsened since 2006, which is when the first cases of journalist disappearances began.
“And this began to discourage, to silence, to generate self-censorship in the media.
“A total of 14 colleagues were murdered from 2006 to date and six are missing.
And nobody has been detained here in Michoacán in any of these cases, except for one,” she said.
She believes that this situation, together with adverse working conditions and the lack of development opportunities, have affected the quality of journalism because survival comes first.
“Yes, there is an inhibiting effect, especially at the regional level, and media outlets are being closed due to threats,’’ Monreal said.
“It is a very complex situation because it involves families,” she said, citing the 2017 kidnapping and murder of Salvador Adame, director of a local TV station, as an example.
“He had already been buried, and still the following year his family was expelled from their home.
Even death is not enough,’’ the journalist lamented.
The UNESCO on Friday adopted the Abuja Declaration that preferred global funding of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as panacea to the global scourge of fake news, disinformation and misinformation.
The Declaration was adopted by acclamation of 65 UNESCO-member countries physically present and others who participated virtually at the 2022 UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week which ended on Friday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports the 10-page document titled “Abuja Declaration on Global Financing for Media and Information Literacy: An Imperative to Fight Against Disinformation and Build Trust” was read to the participants by Mr Alton Grizzie, Programme Specialist Communication and Information, UNESCO.
Prior to its adoption, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres, in a virtual message charged all UN member-states to formulate policies that would make the Abuja Declaration workable.
He said global funding of MIL was imperative considering the crisis that followed COVID-19 pandemic globally owing to parallel misinformation and disinformation.
Speaking in the same vein, the Dr Tawfik Jelassi, Assistant Director-General Communication and Information, UNESCO said the Abuja Declaration was an inclusive document and no nation should be left out in its implementation.
For his part, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the document would greatly accelerate the fight against disinformation and help to build trust.
He urged development partners, multilateral organisations and all countries to commit to supporting and funding the initiative, which he said would ultimately make the world a safer and more peaceful place to live.
He also reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to pursuing, supporting and promoting the right MIL policies and programmes locally and internationally.
As contained in the document, the participants at the conference which featured Youth Agenda Forum resolved that government around the world should articulate national MIL policies that would serve as guide across all levels of government.
They agreed that all nations must see literacy as imperative to fight against disinformation and building trust as well develop and implement training modules on this.
Member states are also to allocate specific budgets to the development of media and information literacy programmes and embedded MIL programmes across education curriculum.
They agreed to create an International MIL Fund to be administered by UNESCO where states and private sector can make donation.
The participants also called on the private sector including digital communication platforms and media, donors, foundations and inter-governmental organisation to donate into the UNESCO MIL Fund.
Stakeholders in the education sector have faulted the education budget in the 2023 national budget, saying that it falls short of the recommendation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
They made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
They argued that without adequate investment in education, other sectors would also suffer.
NAN reports that UNESCO recommends that developing countries should dedicate 15 to 20 per cent of their annual budget to public education.
NAN also reports that in 2021, Heads of State and Government and Ministers of Education from more than 40 countries adopted the Paris Declaration, a global appeal initiated by UNESCO and France to increase investment in education in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Chairman, Private School Owners Association, Prof. Gregory Ibe, told NAN that there was a considerable increase in the 2023 budget for education compared to 2022 budget, adding that more funding was required in the education sector to make the impact required.
” It appears we’re playing deaf ear to the major thing that can save Nigerian education system.
Education budget takes N470 billion out of the total budget for the 2023 fiscal year which is still on the low side.
‘ There’s no amount of money you will put into the university system, polytechnic higher education, secondary school or basic school that will make the impact that is required.
” What I’m saying is that if you want to develop a nation and you fail to develop the children of that nation, then forget it.
You are not getting it right.
” There’s no amount of property you sell that can be equated to you investing in the education of your children.
“So the first thing that the president ought to do is to privatise institutions of high learning the same way that they brought it to NNPC as they fuse private individuals in there,” he said.
Ibe, who is also the Chancellor, Gregory University, Uturu, Abia, said that for education to get its rightful place, 40 per cent of all education institutions must have partnership.
” I’ve been preaching on this matter that in order to stop all these strikes actions, sell 40 per cent of all institutions to private individuals.
” So that the school now will become ownership by selling 60 per cent to private individual and government should hold 40 per cent.
” If this is done, there will be change and there will be quality.
There will be sanity in the system and salaries will be paid,” he said.
The chancellor advised the federal government to provide financial aid to Nigerian youths so that they could have tertiary education by revamping the federal scholarship board.
He suggested N2 million as scholarship to students on annual basis to be given to Nigerian youths payable while spreading it through a number of year.
He said this would have impact on the Nigerian youths especially those in the northern region whose parents could not afford to pay their school fees as a result of poverty.
” This money is given will be payable through revolving money.
60 per cent of northern Nigerian youth are not able to go to school because their parents cannot afford the fee.
” Even with the free education, they are not encouraged to enjoy it.
They cannot even enjoy the free education so they cannot even also pay for school fees.
” So, with this revolving money and financial aid plan, 60 per cent of the Northern Youth will go to school when all of us have opportunity of receiving education and this will translate to the development of the country,” he said.
Also, a Political Analyst, Mr Rotimi Lawrence said that going by UNESCO recommendation, this is figure was far from the ideal of global standards.
Lawrence decried the negative downwards effects of the low budgetary allocation to the education sector by the federal government.
He, therefore, called for a better funding especially for government owned universities so as to avert the seemingly endless strike actions by academic unions.
” Looking at the population of young people with zeal and energy bubbling with visions, the government must have a marshall plan in tackling youth restiveness through a deliberate policy on education particularly vocational training.
” We are also in a global village and there is a paradigm shift from natural resources to human capital.
Therefore, government must increase spending on human capital to fight literacy, out-of-school children syndrome, girl-child education and early child marriage,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Jacobs Ogundele, an Auditor commended the federal government for increasing the education saying that it was a right step in the right direction.
Ogundele, who emphasised that the increase will positively impact on the sector, called for more increase in subsequent fiscal year.
” I think the national assembly are still going through it so it is still an appropriation bill but not yet a budget .
” However, it is a slide increment from that of 2022 that is till running.
The university will enjoy better part of it while polytechnic and colleges of education will also have there shares.
” Unity schools and other recurrent activities will also enjoy the remaining.
So, if government can actually release the said amount of N2.05 trillion, I think the sector will do more in the 2023 fiscal year,” he said.
NAN reports that education budget in the 2021 national budget stood at 5.6 per cent.
Compared to the 50 per cent that was promised, this shows that the 5.6 per cent budget in 2021 was however equivalent to 2.8 per cent.
Similarly, in the 2022 national budget, education budget stood at 5.39 per cent of the national budget which is N923.79 billion out of the total budget of N17.13 trillion.
However, for the 2023 budget, N2.05 trillion which is 10 per cent of the entire budget of N20.51 trillion was for education sector, paltry N470 billion is earmarked for tertiary education revitalisation and salary enhancement.
Also N1.23 trillion is the provision for Federal Ministry of Education and its agencies for recurrent and capital expenditure with the other amount voted for UBEC and TETFUND.
The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), says it is organising entrepreneurship training for youths and women across the 36 states of the Federation.
The Director-General (D-G) of NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, disclosed this in a statement signed by Mr Joesef Karim, his Special Assistant on Technical, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to Kangiwa, the training tagged “Sustainable Tourism Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP)” is an innovative training and empowerment programme on tourism and hospitality, small business start-ups, and sustainable operations in Nigeria.
The NIHOTOUR boss added that the programme was novel and designed to train, equip and mentor trainees on hands-on skills and entrepreneurial capabilities for successful operations of small businesses.
He said participants would be trained on the tourism industry value-chain such as; cookery, pastry, confectionery, tour operations, tour guiding, and travel agency operations bordering on ticketing and reservations.
“The project aims at growing the economic activities of Nigeria in their respective locations for the growth of income and savings by local residents.
“It will help to increase growth in employment opportunities, increased number of self employment and development of areas of tourism sites and businesses,” he said.
He further said that the training was targeted at young girls and women who were single, married or widowed, and vulnerable youths who were either orphans, abandoned or school drop-outs.
The D-G listed others to include the physically challenged persons, internally displaced Persons, unemployed and jobless graduates of tertiary institutions.
He explained that the STEP project would be hosted across Nigeria’s six-geopolitical zones.
“The Programme would take place within three consecutive calendar months; one month of class work, two months of apprenticeship, practical training and mentorship.
“It will be at private tourism business organisations within the jurisdiction of NIHOTOUR training mandate, and the Hospitality and Tourism Sector Skills Council of Nigeria (HTSSCN).
“The programme will also run on Nigeria’s National Skills Qualification (NSQ) framework, which is offered and designed based on the resolutions and validation of the various sub-sectors stakeholders.
“The award of Level three qualification requires the learner to achieve 36 Credit Units or 360 Guided Learning Hours,” he said.
Kangiwa said the project was billed to kick-off by Nov. 28, at NIHOTOURS’s Abuja campus.
with invitations extended to industry and multilateral stakeholders, including representatives of the World Bank, ILO, and UNESCO.
Others were UNWTO, ECOWAS, Foreign Embassies in Nigeria, NGOs, CSOs, Humanitarian and Social Development agencies in Nigeria.
The director said that the project was in-line with the well documented objectives of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) programmes, related to the delivery of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
NAN reports that NIHOTOUR is an organisation under the Ministry of Information & Culture, engaged in training, consultancy, research and publications, in order to promote skills and entrepreneurship courses and programmes.
The Institute has played a pivotal role in building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, not only in Nigeria, but in other countries through international training and development programmes.
The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, yesterday received His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, at Government House.
Prince Albert II has been on an official visit to Seychelles since Monday, where he undertook an expedition to Aldabra Atoll, one of Seychelles' UNESCO World Heritage Sites with his delegation.
The Head of State and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II discussed state affairs in a tête-à-tête meeting before joining a bilateral meeting, also attended by Vice President Ahmed Afif, Minister Designate François Ferrari, Ministers, President of the Seychelles Islands Foundation, Mr. Bernard Georges and other Monegasque delegates who included the The bilateral meeting focused on the expedition itself, which is part of the Monaco Exploration Mission in the Indian Ocean, organized by the Prince Albert Foundation of Monaco and the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco.
There, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II briefed President Ramakalwan on the essentials of the expedition, as well as the way forward.
President Ramkalawan and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II then addressed the media to outline the progress of their exchanges and express satisfaction with the relations between the Republic of Seychelles and the Principality of Monaco.
In his statement, President Ramkalawan said that it was an honor for the Government and people of Seychelles to receive Prince Albert II here in Seychelles.
The president underlined that this expedition brings hope for the partnership and the protection of Seychelles' biodiversity.
In addition, above all, it brings hope because of the high visibility of the Saya de Malha bank, where the largest seagrass meadow in the world is located, and which Seychelles now manages with Mauritius.
Besides the expedition, he said they also discussed other areas of cooperation such as education and youth exchanges.
“Regarding the expedition he is leading the Foundation for, he will definitely be of great use to both your research and us.
They informed me about the research on corals and how we can develop more resilient corals to combat bleaching and reef restoration, so I look forward to the final results,” said the president.
For his part, the Sovereign Prince said that he is happy and satisfied that he was finally able to make this long official visit to Seychelles.
He praised the Seychelles government for the efforts being made in preserving the environment.
He explained that the exploration would be made up of 80 scientists from different countries.
They will carry out research on corals, mangroves, turtles and the flora and fauna around the Aldabra atoll.
Additional research is taking on a sea that includes participants from Seychelles.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II reaffirmed the Principality of Monaco's commitment to assist Seychelles with the investigation.
He further affirmed future cooperation between the two countries in areas of mutual benefit.
The Head of State and First Lady Linda Ramkalawan then gave a reception to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II in the garden of the State House.
Proposing a toast in honor of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, he wished the success of the Aldabra Expedition and the strengthening of the bonds of friendship between the Principality of Monaco and Seychelles.
“His presence among us today is testament to his commitment by our side to build a fruitful and lasting partnership.
This visit gives us the opportunity to fully appreciate the extent of the friendly and cooperative relations that exist between our two countries.
It is also an opportunity for me to express here to His Highness the expression of my firm and unwavering determination to persecute them vigorously.
I also wish to assure you of our commitment to the continued strengthening of the cooperation between the Prince Albert Foundation of Monaco and the Oceanographic Institute of Monaco,” the President said.
Proposing his own toast to him, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II in following in the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather and late father, said they will continue to move forward with his incredible vision and legacy of dedication and his love for oceanography.
, other different sciences and promised to help other countries better understand their marine ecosystems.
Through the partnership between the countries, His Serene Highness said that this should be a springboard for future collaboration, not only for the expression of friendship, trust and understanding, but also to convince others in other countries to join forces in order to ensure a healthier planet and oceans for future generations.
“The signing of the MoU yesterday on Aldabra was a testament to our Monaco's commitment to Seychelles.
The MoU on advancing knowledge about corals and how we can bring together our best specialists to find out which coral species will be most resilient in the coming years to help save our coral reefs from danger due to the climate crisis.
, climate change and consequences for our ocean.
We welcome this partnership and we know that this will open the door for future collaboration in the environmental sphere and beyond that, also in other sectors where we will find mutual benefits”, he said.
The reception was also attended by Vice President Ahmed Afif, Ms. Stella Afif, the Speaker of the National Assembly, H.E. Roger Mancienne, the President of the Supreme Court, Justice Rony Govinden, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Anthony Fernando, a member of the Seychelles Diplomatic Corps, members of the Seychelles National Assembly, senior Seychelles government officials and scientists from Monaco