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    In Cotonou, the New Year started with a traditional ceremony of goodwill as government leaders and diplomats presented their best wishes to President Hubert Maga.

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    In Cotonou, the New Year started with a traditional ceremony of goodwill as government leaders and diplomats presented their best wishes to President Hubert Maga. He received greetings first from his two fellow members of the ruling Presidential Council, M. Justin Ahomadegbe and M. Sourou Migan Apithy.

    During his New Year's message, President Maga concentrated especially on progress towards improvements in education -- interrupted towards the end of last year by several school strikes caused by disagreement over educational reforms. The head of state announced that 20,000 more children had been given an education last year. He said the four state-run schools evacuated following the strikes would be reopened on January 5 for all children who wanted to work.

    SYNOPSIS: In Cotonou, President Hubert Maga receives New Year's greetings from his two fellow members of Dahomey's ruling Presidential Council, M. Justin Ahomadegbe and M. Sourou Migan Apithy. It's a tradition in Dahomey for the head of state to receive the wishers of other government leaders, ministers and diplomats at the start of a New Year. On this occasion, President Maga's message to his people for 1972 concentrated especially on education. Towards the end of last year, the country was troubled by several school strikes caused by disagreement over proposed educational reforms. President Maga announced that the four state-run schools evacuated during the strikes, would be reopened on January 5th for all children who wanted to work.

    The Presidential Council receiving the greetings of their ministers. President Maga was able to announces that, despite the strikes, twenty-thousand more children in Dahomey were able to receive an education last year. But he felt that this figure could have been doubled if proposed educational budgets had been accepted.

    French Ambassador Louis Delamare, doyen of the diplomatic corps in Cotonou, gave Sturdy's ceremonies an international turn by passing on the best wishes of other ambassadors.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA59I5HYOD7PR7DKOLRMS70NVM4
    Media URN:
    VLVA59I5HYOD7PR7DKOLRMS70NVM4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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