The Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum Summit has discussed collaborating with African nations to enhance education and scientific pursuits.
A statement released by the Roscongress Foundation revealed that this theme was highlighted during a panel discussion titled, ‘Forging a Shared Path: Russia’s Educational and Scientific Opportunities for Africa.’
Stanislav Surovtsev, Vice-Rector responsible for Youth Policy, Social Work, and International Relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, emphasized in his opening remarks a fresh eagerness on Russia’s part to establish educational partnerships with African countries. “Establishing a solid and mutually advantageous cooperative foundation right now holds immense significance,” he expressed.
Kemi Seba, President of the Pan-African Movement, underscored that Western perspectives have predominantly influenced prevailing educational models on the African continent. Seba noted, “While African school programs exist, they are fundamentally European and American. We must develop our own.” Seba argued that collaboration in the 21st century should be impartial and mutually beneficial, free from ideological leanings.
Natalya Komarova, Governor of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area – Yugra, added her perspective, stating that the area is prepared to expand its intake of African students across diverse fields such as oil and gas, energy, medicine, and IT. “We currently host over 400 international students, with around 20 originating from Africa. We are committed to augmenting these numbers and welcoming more students from Africa into Yugra,” Komarova affirmed.
David Okpatuma, a Core Team Member of Friends for Leadership at the Center for International Promotion Foundation, accentuated the significance of educational cooperation between Russia and Africa.