Africa2020: An Ambitious Educational Aspect
One of the reasons that Total Foundation, which focuses its actions primarily on young people, chose to support the Africa2020 Season is because of the event’s educational aspect. This was first reflected in the signing of an agreement with UNESCO to provide France’s Ministry of Education and French teachers with educational tools from the General History of Africa, a monumental project offering an African perspective on the history of the continent.
Additionally, in partnership with France’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, 274 certified educational projects will be carried out across the country from kindergarten to higher education. These initiatives have been designed by educational institutions working in partnership with African professionals and include writing workshops in Tours, a radio show with Burkinabe students in Nancy, a meal with Ivorian chefs in Champigny-sur-Marne and workshops led by African creators at Science Po Reims. Their objective is to tell Africa’s story and show young people all that the continent has to offer in terms of culture, politics and ideas.
Finally, a mentoring program has been established in partnership with the French Development Agency and France Volontaires, allowing young African volunteers aged between 21 and 24 to join French cultural institutions and help jointly develop projects there.
The transmission of knowledge about Africa to young people, who are drivers of change, is essential in breaking down prejudices and laying the foundations for a renewed relationship between France and African states, so that together they can meet the challenges of the 21st century.