ADDIS ABABA – The Secretary-General of the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC), Manssour Bin Mussallam, held talks with top Ethiopian government officials and announced OEC’s intention to set up headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Secretary-general Mussallam arrived in Addis Ababa in the early hours of Monday for a three-day official visit to Ethiopia, a founding Member State of the OEC.
The visit, the organization says, aims at broadening the prospects and scope for multifaceted cooperation between the OEC and Ethiopia in areas of common interest.
The OEC Secretary-General today met with President Sahle-Work Zewde, at the Presidential Palace in Addis Abeba., and commended Ethiopia for its endeavors to adopt an education system to the country’s diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
The two sides agreed on the importance and necessity of aligning educational policies and practices so as to serve the aspirations of present and future generations.
The meeting took place a day after the OEC, an agency that prompts balanced and inclusive education in the global south, expressed its intention to set up headquarters in Addis Ababa a discussion between the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen and Secretary-General Mussallam.
Speaking to the Secretory-general, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke said the Government of Ethiopia identified Education as one of the priority areas and annually allocates a considerable amount of its GDP to improve the education sector.
In its commitment to improving the quality of education in Ethiopia, the government is keen on working closely with educational organizations that operate internationally, including EOC, the Minister added.
Secretory-general Mussallam, on his part, said OEC works closely with relevant bodies to improve quality and ensure inclusivity of education, and make knowledge the driving force for social development.
Mussallam further called on the Ethiopian government to scale up its role in the organization by allowing moves to set up the seat of the Headquarters in Addis Ababa, adding the city is the seat of various diplomatic centers and international organizations making it ideal to make it the seat of EOC too.
The OEC was established on 29 January 2020 by Latin American, Caribbean, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Pacific Island countries at the International Summit on Balanced and Inclusive Education held in Djibouti. It aims to engage systemically with the human, local, national, and planetary dimensions of education.