The year 2016 was designated by heads of States and Government during an AU Summit in January 2016 as the year of Human Rights in Africa. It is therefore a good opportunity for the African Union commission in partnership with KIMSE YOK MU to advance the Right to Education. The African Union Agenda 2063, the African charter on the Rights and welfare of the Child as well as the Universal Charter on Human Rights states clearly that everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. This provides the basis for the African union Commission partnership with KYMSE YOK MU, a Turkish based International nonprofit humanitarian aid and development organization that signed a Memorandum of understanding with the African Union commission in 2015.
Africa’s development and progress depends both on its ability to develop and advance its peoples and its future generation as well as on good governance that will facilitate education through provision of learning facilities and well as a secure and peaceful learning environment. Many parts of Africa face enormous challenges in ensuring appropriate learning facilities while others cannot ensure a peaceful learning environment due to the conflicts. The AU partnership with KIMSE YOK MU aims at ensuring that every child has access to education especially children in displaced situations due to conflicts and disasters. KIMSE YOK MU will build schools that can serve children in displacement camps, IDP camps and the local communities around such areas. This will greatly help in not only meeting the education needs of both displaced and local communities, but will also help in integrating children in displacement situations as well as children in local communities.
The African union further appreciates the fact that such schools will be handed over to Member states for their management. This means that the school curriculum, teachers etc. is integrated in the national education program which further enhances integration at the national level. I look forward to advancing AU partnership with KIMSE YOK MU and together enhancing the right to Education especially for displaced children in Africa through building of schools in Africa.