UN chief asks Mozambican President to be Education Champion

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza has agreed to act as an education champion at the request of the UN Secretary-General who is on his first official visit to the Southern African country.

Speaking to reporters in the Mozambican capital Maputo on Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Mozambique an important success story for the global community.

He said 20 years ago, the country had a lot of troubles as it was embroiled in conflict but after the 1992 peace treaty, it moved steadily toward greater democracy, economic and social development as well as political stability.

Secretary-General Ban noted there are 1,000 days left before the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, which include primary education for all children.

"Mozambique has made steady progress promoting education and gender empowerment. This morning in my meeting with President Guebuza while I have commended the progress in education I have invited President Guebuza to play a role as an Education Champion. I am very much grateful for his accepting this role as Education Champion." (28")

In his joint press conference with Mozambique's Foreign Minister, the UN Secretary-General also commended the country for its role in promoting peace and security in Africa.

He said Mozambique has been instrumental as a witness and guarantor to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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