The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has urged African countries to consider the inclusion of the lessons from the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade in their educational curricular.
Abdourahamane Diallo UNESCO country representative in Ghana said this was important to educate the younger generation on the entire history of slavery, its effects on the continent and descendants of enslaved Africans, to engender an effective healing process.
“It is a decision taken by the African Union (AU) that all member states to make educational use of the slavery project, but countries are very slow in the implementation,” Diallo said.
Diallo was speaking to Xinhua during the introduction of the publication, “Legacy of Slavery” as part of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of first African slaves in the United States of America (USA).
He urged Ghana which has dedicated 2019 as the Year of Return for descendants of enslaved Africans to use the celebrations to lead this agenda, so the younger generation will know what happened to prevent its repetition.
Launching the publication, the deputy minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ziblim Barri Iddi said Ghana had already taken the lead in the educational process.
“Several activities and programs have been earmarked to educate, emancipate, and sensitize our youths and to vow that never again should this heinous crime be repeated. The story and history of the slave trade is a reaffirmation of the resilience of the black man,” he said.
The main objective of the founding nations of UNESCO after the catastrophic Second World War was to construct the defenses of peace in the minds of humankind through education.
“I dare say that UNESCO is one of the reasons we do not have the third world war and no one cannot over-emphasize that: And we are glad UNESCO has associated itself with the year of return program,” Diallo said. Enditem