African Unity in the Classrooms of the ELAM

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission met with young Africans who are studying medicine in Cuba

By: Marylín Luis Grillo

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2015-10-05 | 14:21:45 EST
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission met with young Africans who are studying medicine in Cuba.The Chairperson of the African Union Commission met with young Africans who are studying medicine in Cuba. Photo: Roberto SuárezZoom
Students of the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) from 37 countries in Africa had a meeting on Saturday with the President of the African Union Commission (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who urged them to study, graduate and return home to develop their work.

Addressing the future doctors she referred the importance of African Unity towards the development and transformation of the region, which will, through the commitment of all, ensure that "our young people inherit a continent free of wars."

Likewise, she discussed matters related to the Agenda 2063 and integration strategies, which include the free movement of people and goods through the various regions. She also promised the participation of at least two students from ELAM for the next Intergenerational Dialogue of the AU to be held next year.

Prior to her meeting with the scholars, Zuma met with the Vice-Chancellor of the educational institution Maritza Gonzalez Brau, who said that the school brings together 726 young people from Africa who receive not only academic training, but a broad formation of values.

"Today ELAM is a global school dominated by the African continent and representing all," said Gonzalez. She also said that since 2009 the Union of African Students was created, an organization in which ties of solidarity and academic help are created with other students and in which activities are organized of various types.

Meanwhile, the president appreciated the work done and exchanged words with the student executive body, chaired by Brahima Cisse.

Speaking to reporters she said was happy that "Cuba is giving this opportunity for African students to be able to study and contribute to the welfare and health of the people from their countries when they return"

With regard to the meeting held on Friday with Cuban President Raul Castro, she described it as fruitful and confirmed the desire to continue the partnerships with the nation and support the lifting of the blockade.

Present at the visit to the ELAM were the Faculty Director of the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba, Dr. Antonio López Gutiérrez, as well as the ambassadors on the island of Guinea Bissau, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Benin and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and diplomatic representatives of Equatorial Guinea, Algeria and Burkina Faso.

Translated by ESTI

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