The members of Korea Natcom visited Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO
On Friday 21st, the Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO and the South Korean National Commission for UNESCO signed a memorandum of understanding based on the cooperation between the two NATCOMs. The ceremony was held at Remera at the Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO HQ.
 
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Mr Eliphaz BAHIZI of NATCOM Rwanda SG and Mr Dong-seok Min South Korea NATCOM SG signing the MoU
 
During this ceremony, the Secretary General of the South Korean NATCOM, Mr Dong-seok Min said that Rwanda and South Korea have similarities in their past. Both countries experienced wars in the past. He appreciated the community work “umuganda” and testified that they did the same in the past to build their country which was the poorest in the world in 1950s. He said that they work hard to bring their country where it is now. Honorable Dong-seok Min said that UNESCO helped them to develop their educational system. He emphasized that education is more important than bread because it feed your future life. He said that he was convinced that we can do the same. He thanked the Rwanda NATCOM for the close cooperation between the two organs. He added that whoever they will work with, it will be under the Rwanda Commission for UNESCO.
 
The Secretary General of Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO Mr Eliphaz Bahizi said that UNESCO helped to build the educational system after 1994. He promised to do his best to help the Korean volunteers in their work to strengthen this cooperation and to work closely with Korean Embassy and MINEDUC to find very soon an appropriate solution to their visa issue.
 
The Korean NATCOM will like to be involved in set up of Community Learning Centers in collaboration with ADEPR Church. This project will contribute to reduce illiteracy and to Teachers training in vocational and literacy projects. The two projects will be founded through Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO.
 
The South Korean delegation also included Mr. Taeyoung Kim, Coordinator of Bridge Project , Mr. Ahn Dong-ouk, Counselor and Ms seo Hyunsook, Chief of development, division of international relation and cooperation.
 
The ADEPR delegation which was present talked about their role in reducing literacy saying that since 1998 they have helped more than 500 thousands Rwandan to know how to read and to write.
 
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CNRU staff, South Korean NATCOM delegation and ADEPR Officials during the meeting
 
Philomene MUKANKUSI
Dir. Communication, Information and Documentation.
Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO/ CNRU.

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