I have now been in Eritrea for the second time. I will be leaving in a few days and I want to document the highlights of my visit so that readers around the world will understand that I have had a scientifically productive trip in a safe and friendly country. When you read in the internet, you will see many misconceptions, but I would urge all foreigners to come to Eritrea and “see for yourself”. Such internet accounts are not true.
Women are the backbones of communities, the weavers of solidarity, and the architects of love. Instead of becoming discouraged by all the challenges they face, women are fighters for rights that others enjoy from birth – the right to live in a family, to live without discrimination, to live in dignity, and to have access to education, healthcare and employment. There is a growing belief that the fastest way to change and develop a society is to mobilize women. A woman with a voice is an effective path toward progress.
Working in partnership for the benefit of the people is the motto of the ongoing work between the United Nations and the Government of Eritrea since independence. Partnering for development and ensuring that “no one is left behind” were words repeated throughout the celebration of the UN Day this past Thursday, the 1st December, at the premises of the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW) in Asmara.
Throughout history, institutions of higher education have played a fundamental role in societal transformation. Behind every successfully accomplished social transformation and nation-building process there are universities, colleges, and institutions of higher learner. Higher education may impose short-term costs, but it is often a sound investment. College education eliminates the old and stagnant ideas, and provides new ones – vitally important for development and progress. Higher education is one of the best instruments of nation building since it offers highly-skilled labour and refined ideas and thoughts.
This past Sunday, the 20th November was Africa Industrialization Day. In consonance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 9, this year’s theme focused on “Financing Industrialization in Africa: Challenges and Winning Strategies”, and called for the building of resilient infrastructure, the promotion of sustainable industrialization and the fostering of innovation. UN General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon highlighted, in his official speech, that the theme also embraces the 2063 Agenda of the African Union for “inclusive growth and sustainable development”. He further underlined the need for the continent to create “millions of new, high-productivity jobs every year”.