Over 200 delegates crowded the Africa Hall in Addis Ababa May 15 for the opening of the 45-nation UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) conference of African states on the development of education in the continent.
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Background: Over 200 delegates crowded the Africa Hall in Addis Ababa May 15 for the opening of the 45-nation UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) conference of African states on the development of education in the continent.
The Emperor Haile DSelassie of Ethiopia told the meeting that much of what had happened in Africa in the past year owed its origin either to the Africans' possession or lack of education. He declared: "The frontiers of knowledge are limitless. Man's ability and willingness to explore the realm of learning is limited only by such restraints which he himself deliberately or unconsciously imposes upon himself."
In tropical Africa it is estimated that out of 25 million children of school age, nearly 17 million have no opportunity of going to school. Of the remaining eight million, only a minority complete primary education, hardly 260,000 receive secondary education and little more than 10,000 higher education.
Eight delegations are attending from United Nations specialised agencies, a six-man observer delegation represents Russia and one of nine the United States. Cuba is listed as having two observers. British African territories represented by delegations include: Basutoland, Bechuanaland, Swaziland, the Central African Federation, Gambia, Kenya, Tanganyika and Uganda.
The conference is expected to last ten days at least and intends to make a searching inquiry into Africa's educational needs.