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Africa Day – ‘Education fit for the 21st century’

New Delhi:Africa Day, also known as African Liberation Day, is an annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization for African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963.

It celebrates African unity, diversity and achievements, as well as the ongoing efforts towards economic, social and political development across the continent. The theme of Africa Day this year is ‘Education fit for the 21st century’.

What is the meaning of Africa Day?

Africa Day has enormous significance in today’s world. It serves as a reminder of the importance of unity among African countries in achieving common goals and addressing shared challenges. Africa Day promotes the ideals of Pan-Africanism, which advocates solidarity, cooperation and integration among African countries and peoples, regardless of borders or differences. It offers African countries the opportunity to reflect on the progress made in areas such as governance, democracy, human rights and economic development, while recognizing the work that remains to be done.

Africa Day celebrates the continent’s rich cultural diversity and presents its music, art, literature, cuisine and traditions to the world. It serves as a platform to raise awareness of the challenges Africa faces, including poverty, disease, conflict and environmental issues, and mobilize support to address them.

Africa Day is a time for Africans to come together in solidarity, pride and determination to build a better future for the continent and its people.

Ties between Africa and India

India’s involvement in Africa has intensified in recent years. Africa represents an important market for Indian goods and services, as well as a source of natural resources. India’s ‘Africa Push’ aims to enhance economic cooperation, trade and investments with African countries for mutual benefit.

India views Africa as a key partner in its quest for strategic alliances and diversification of economic and political partnerships beyond traditional allies. Strengthening ties with African countries can strengthen India’s influence in global forums and provide strategic leverage.

India’s involvement in Africa includes development assistance programs focused on capacity building, infrastructure development, healthcare, education and agriculture. India provides lines of credit, grants and technical assistance to support Africa’s development priorities.

Africa is a major source of energy resources, including oil, natural gas and minerals, which are vital to India’s energy security. India’s engagement in Africa includes partnerships in the energy sector aimed at securing access to resources and promoting energy cooperation. India has intensified diplomatic contacts with African countries through high-level visits, bilateral agreements and participation in regional forums. This diplomatic engagement aims to deepen political ties, enhance cooperation on global issues and address common challenges.