María Teresa Fernández de la Vega speaks at the meeting in Agadir


María Teresa Fernández de la Vega speaks at the meeting in Agadir

Agadir, 24th March, 2014. The president of Women for Africa Foundation spoke this morning at the 4th International Meeting of Universities with Africa, which is being held until 26th in the Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, Morocco. María Teresa Fernández de la Vega delivered the opening lecture of the meeting’s first plenary session, speaking about "Education as the key to sustainable development in Africa".

Fernández de la Vega recalled the meaning and values ​​that education has had since it was taught in ancient Greece, as the great means for fulfilling one’s potential and being free, becoming part of one’s personal resources. She also pointed out that education serves mainly to create human beings, not human resources, even if sooner or later all or nearly all of us become precisely that. She also stressed the need for women not only to be students but also researchers and teachers, in order to make the term universitas ring true.

The meeting in Agadir is organized by the University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria and the Moroccan university in an initiative that the Spanish University Rectors’ Conference (CRUE) has been promoting for four years with the aim of strengthening collaboration between universities. Twenty Spanish universities and almost forty universities from seventeen African countries have come to the meeting in Agadir.



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