• Short Summary

    M.BERNADIN MUNGUL-DIAKA, THE COGO KINSHASA MINISTER OF EDUCATION, RECENTLY REVISITED HIS PLACE OF BIRTH. BUT?

  • Description

    M.BERNADIN MUNGUL-DIAKA, THE COGO KINSHASA MINISTER OF EDUCATION, RECENTLY REVISITED HIS PLACE OF BIRTH. BUT HIS RETURN TO THE VILLAGE OF KIMBOMA IN KWILU PROVINCE WAS MORE THAN A NOSTALGIC JOURNEY - HE WAS THERE TO INSPECT AND ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA AND TO SEE THE PROGRESS ALREADY MADE IN THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF 1968, CONGO KINSHASA'S YEAR OF AGRICULTURE.

    M.MUNGUL-DIAKA'S ENCOURAGEMENT WAS NOT MERELY VERBAL. ONE OF HIS FIRST ACTIONS ON ARRIVING IN THE REGION WAS TO SET AN EXAMPLE BY HELPING TO CLEAR AN AREA OF LAND WHICH IS BEING DEVELOPED FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES. THE CLEARED TERRAIN WILL PROVIDE ARABLE LAND, AND MANY OF THE TREES FELLED IN THE PROCESS WILL BE USED TO BUILD SHEDS FOR THE ANIMALS. M.MUNGUL-DIAKA'S INITIATIVE, AND THAT OF HIS FELLOW MINISTERS, WILL, IT IS HOPED, EVENTUALLY SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF FEEDING THE LOCAL POPULATION.

    THE EDUCATION MINISTER IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR INITIATING A LIVESTOCK-BREEDING PROGRAMME. AFTER LEAVING KIMBOMA HE VISITED A MODEL PIG FARM AT LEVERVILLE. THOSE BREEDS WHICH ARE FOUND TO THRIVE BEST IN THE KWILU REGION WILL BE TAKEN TO KIMBOMA IN THE NEAR FUTURE, BRINGING NEW SOURCES OF MEAT TO THE VILLAGE.

    HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH FARMING WAS HIGH ON HIS LIST OF INTERESTS, THE MINISTER ALSO GAVE CONSIDERATION TO THE EDUCATIONAL PROBLEMS OF THE REGION. VISITING MIKUNDU, HE SPENT CONSIDERABLE TIME AT THE LOCAL SCHOOL, DISCUSSING THE DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED AND THE SUCCESSES ACHIEVED IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION. HE POINTED OUT THAT THE PROBLEMS OF MIKUNDU WERE COMMON TO THOSE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY OF BANDUNDU, AND HE ASSURED STUDENTS AND STAFF OF THE GOVERNMENT'S SINCERE DESIRE TO SOLVE THESE DIFFICULTIES.

    AT BUNGULU, THE RECEPTION INCLUDED EVERYTHING FROM SCORES OF CHEERING SCHOOL CHILDREN TO AN OFFICIAL GUARD OF HONOUR. THE MINISTER MADE A SPECIAL POINT OF TALKING TO THOSE CHILDREN WHO WERE ORPHANS OF THE RECENT TROUBLES, AND MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE WAS WELL AWARE OF THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION. THERE TO OFFER HIS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF THE PROBLEMS WAS GOVERNOR KUPA, SUPPORTED BY SEVERAL OTHER HIGH-RANKING OFFICIALS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB29XYKK4XQI885GA02S6TRXYR
    Media URN:
    VLVAB29XYKK4XQI885GA02S6TRXYR
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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