Leicester Ugandan Asian exhibition wins national award

An exhibition to mark 50 years since Ugandan Asians began arriving in Leicester has won a national award.

Rebuilding Lives: 50 Years of Ugandan Asians in Leicester ran at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery and told the stories of families expelled from their country by dictator Idi Amin.

It was one of two winners of the best Temporary or Touring Exhibition at the Museums and Heritage Awards.

The exhibition attracted more than 167,000 visitors.

The exhibition, which originally opened in July last year, was asked to extend its run in Leicester to April due to its popularity.

It was also featured on BBC One's Antiques Roadshow and the organisers have also filmed a piece about the exhibition for BBC Two's Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo.

It was put together by Leicester-based arts organisation Navrang in partnership with the city council.

Ranjan Saujani, acting chair of Navrang, said: "We were honoured to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award, but to win is absolutely amazing.

"It's a great way to acknowledge the hard work the team have put into creating, developing and delivering a truly special exhibition. It's the perfect way to end the project."

Navrang was awarded just over £100,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a series of regional events, including the exhibition.

Nisha Popat of Navrang added: "When you consider who we were up against and the huge budgets they had compared to ours, we never thought we'd actually win."

City mayor Peter Soulsby said he was "enormously proud" the exhibition had triumphed.

The exhibition was named joint winner of the category together with English Heritage.

Permissible Beauty, an exhibition put together by Historic Royal Palaces and the University of Leicester, was highly commended.

Source: BBC

First time Seychelles National Youth Assembly elected and not chosen

The principles of democracy and the value of civic education are being further inculcated into young people in Seychelles now that members of the island nation’s youth assembly are elected instead of being chosen.

A new cohort of the Seychelles National Youth Assembly (SNYA) took their oath of allegiance recently, following campaigns and elections in all state, private secondary schools, and post-secondary institutions of the three main islands.

This year’s process - a first for the archipelago in the western Indian Ocean - also saw the election of the speaker, deputy speaker, clerk, and deputy clerk when the group assumed office last month.

Said Lesperance, aged 14 from Praslin Secondary School, is the Speaker of the 18th SNYA and also the youngest speaker in the history of the institution.

The youth assembly is an educational forum that aims at providing young people with leadership potential, nurture and enhance their abilities to research, compile and present fact-based arguments on issues which impact the lives and developments of youth of Seychelles.

When addressing the new cohort of the youth assembly, the new chief executive of the Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC), Albert Duncan, said that young people are considered the heart and body of Seychelles and cannot be ignored or sidelined in key decision-making processes.

“With the first elected Youth Assembly, we make a commitment that your voice will be heard in all matters concerning youth,” said Duncan, stressing that “only through meaningful involvement and participation can young people exercise their full citizenship. And only through meaningful dialogue across generations can we all contribute to finding solutions to the challenges we face.”

The chief executive added: “Even at this age, do not ever underestimate your capability to make a difference as you have the ability to make positive contributions towards your schools including at the national level. You have taken a big step to come forward, we are very proud of you and your responsibility will be to make heard the voice of the youth.”

The SNYA election was a collaboration between the SNYC, the Ministry of Education, the British High Commission, the Electoral Commission and the Youth and Sports Department of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Family.

The electoral process started in February, with the campaigning and election process which ended with the swear-in ceremony of the assembly members in April. During that time, officers involved with the process as well as students were given training relating to the election processes, the timeline and procedures leading towards the election, nomination day, campaigning, and cooling off period.

In addition to support from electoral officers, local observers from a non-profit organisation - Association for Rights, Information and Democracy (Arid) – followed the process.

The Minister for Youth, Sports, and Family, Marie Celine Zialor, told SNA on Tuesday that aside from reinforcing the importance of democracy the new process is in line with changes that the new government wants to bring in terms of meritocracy and working hard for something that one wants instead of same being handed over to them.

“What better way to start if not with our young people? If you want to earn something, work for it, and during the process young people get to develop and gain attributes such as responsibility and working hard. This will also develop and assist them in the long run to develop the right leadership attributes and qualities,” said Zialor.

The minister added that the process had gone well and hoped the change that has been taken with the youth assembly would lead to people, especially the younger ones, to get another perspective of democracy.

On his part, the principal secretary for youth and sports, Ralph Jean-Louis, stressed the importance of civic education to better equip and empower citizens to participate in democratic processes.

“At a very young age they will be engaged in a democratic election process for the Seychelles National Youth Assembly, which is an educational platform from which the youth of this country between the age of 14-17 years old will have a voice through their elected representatives,” said Jean-Louis.

Begitta Jeannevol, a former member of the parliament, shares her views on the whole process, which was fully funded by the British High Commission in Seychelles.

“I agreed to the proposal as being a former youth assembly myself from the 2nd cohort I was chosen and not elected. I recall the complaints though we tried to explain that the youth assembly is an educational program and not a political one. Thus, doing it democratically at the school level does a bit of that, the students are not politically motivated yet,” she said.

Jeannevol added: “Secondly being a former member of parliament who then went through the election process at a very young age myself, to me it was kind of exciting to see the very young ones going through that. Though they are not real political elections. But they had to campaign. They also had posters and held talks so as to convince others to vote for them. “

Jeannevol commended the British High Commission, which supported the process from the concept stage to its completion, and funded training and capacity building.

“Also, the process was above my expectations. I admit that I was a bit in doubt that the students would be scared to go into elections being too young; they were not ready for it, I thought but on the contrary, both girls and boys went through the process head on,” she added.

With this cohort, the Seychelles National Youth Assembly resumed its work after a two-year interruption due to COVID-19. Elected on a one-year mandate, the members will start meeting this month. They have seven sittings during their mandate and will meet at six-week intervals.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Nametenga: Medical visits for retirees

Public and private service retirees or their widows benefited from the annual medical visit 2023 session, organized by CARFO, CNSS and the Ministry of Health.

Blood examination, weight and blood pressure measurement, interviews with the doctor, physical examination and free allocation of certain drugs are the main stages of the medical visit, organized jointly by the CNSS, CARFO and the Ministry of Health.

According to Dr. Josué Ouédraogo, head of clinical activities and quality of care, the purpose of the blood test is to establish a minimum balance sheet for certain chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney function and gout.

Talking to the pensioner about his blood test, the doctor performs a physical examination to screen for chronic diseases such as blood pressure, asthma, osteoarthritis, prostate cancer in men, cervical cancer of the uterus in women and other diseases in order to be able to draw up a prescription for a free endowment of medicines.

For this session, the Doctor thanked the State and its partners for having introduced the examination of uricemia or gout, which is a major innovation.

He wanted the pharmacy to be better supplied for future sessions so that pensioners lack nothing for their health care.

Ouédraogo Inoussa, head of the CNSS in Boulsa, said that last year 57 pensioners were able to have their medical examination out of nearly 75 pensioners in Boulsa.

At present, 31 have already made their visit.

According to him, if the security context has played on the mobilization, it is necessary to recognize that some are traveling while others have already taken the exams elsewhere.

Inoussa Ouédraogo thanked the association of pensioners of Boulsa and through it, its president Hamidou Néri Philippe Bonkoungou for his support.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina Faso calls on the international community to lift sanctions against Venezuela

The Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Me Me Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambaèla has called on the international community to lift the sanctions that are hampering the socio-economic development of Venezuela.

Within the framework of the political dialogue, the Prime Minister, Me Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambèla, on a visit to Caracas, regretted the sanctions taken against Venezuela.

He called on the international community to lift them, as they hinder the socio-economic development of this country.

The first Venezuelan officials, for their part, congratulated the country of honest men, for the considerable efforts that it continues to make to ensure peace and security, within the framework of the fight against terrorism and the implementation policies for the well-being of the people of Burkina Faso.

At the invitation of the Venezuelan Government, the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Me Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambèla, made a friendly and working visit to Caracas, Venezuela, from May 9 to 15, 2023.

This visit is part of the strengthening of relations of friendship and cooperation that bind Burkina Faso to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding relating to the establishment of a consultation mechanism between Burkina Faso and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, signed in New York on January 22, 2010.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Peace Effort: Burkinabè Students in Venezuela Donate $100

Despite their limited means, nine Burkinabè students in their first year of medicine in Venezuela, donated 100 US dollars as their contribution to the peace effort in the country, we learned .

Burkinabe Prime Minister Me Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambèla said during his friendship and work visit to Caracas that nine Burkinabe students living in Venezuela have contributed $100 for the peace effort.

On the sidelines of the various meetings, Me Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambèla and his delegation, exchanged with the students living in this country.

They are nine in number (09), all enrolled in the 1st year of medicine and scholarships from the Venezuelan Government.

Despite their limited means, they gave the Prime Minister an envelope containing 100 dollars, representing their financial contribution to the peace effort led by our country against terrorists.

At the invitation of the Venezuelan Government, the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Me Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambèla, made a friendly and working visit to Caracas, Venezuela, from May 9 to 15, 2023.

The exchanges between the head of the Burkinabe government and the Venezuelan authorities focused on the internal situation of each of the two countries and on bilateral, regional and international issues.

This visit is part of the strengthening of relations of friendship and cooperation that bind Burkina Faso to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding relating to the establishment of a consultation mechanism between Burkina Faso and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, signed in New York on January 22, 2010.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

“The Lion” receives tributes before his last trip to Poa

The procession leading the remains of Boukary Kaboré dit Le Lion made a stop on Sunday morning at the Thomas Sankara memorial where the illustrious deceased received tributes from several people.

The vice-president of the international memorial committee Thomas Sankara, Colonel-Major Daouda Traoré retains of the Lion, “a patriot, a good soldier, a fighter for just causes. »

He also praised his loyalty, his commitment and his total determination for Burkina Faso.

Daouda Traoré appreciated the government's act of recognition through the press release.

The retired officer also thanked all the authorities who visited the bedside of the Lion in the hospital or at home.

“I believe that for these authorities, it is a sign, also a recognition of the fight he led and I think that these authorities are already acting in the direction of the fight that Boukary Kaboré led all his life. We have faith that victory is certain with his authorities of the Transition, Captain Ibrahim Traoré and his entire government,” concluded Daouda Traoré.

Died on the night of May 12 to 13, 2023 in Ouagadougou, Boukary Kaboré dit Le Lion, former faithful companion of the late Thomas Sankara, will be taken to his final resting place this Sunday, May 14, 2023 in Poa in the center-west of Burkina Faso.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina and Venezuela strengthen their bilateral relations in several sectors

Burkina Faso and Venezuela have undertaken to revitalize their cooperation, particularly in the areas of health, agriculture, education, security, mining, oil, culture, air transport, communication and information, electoral issues, human rights, and all sectors of major shared interest, the AIB has learned.

At the invitation of the Venezuelan Government, the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Me Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambèla, made a friendly and working visit to Caracas, Venezuela, from May 9 to 15, 2023, announces the Direction of Communication of the Primature.

This visit is part of the strengthening of relations of friendship and cooperation that bind Burkina Faso to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding relating to the establishment of a consultation mechanism between Burkina Faso and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, signed in New York on January 22, 2010.

Me Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambèla was received by the highest Venezuelan authorities, in particular at the presidential palace, by the president, Nicolas Maduro.

The exchanges between the head of the Burkinabe government and the Venezuelan authorities focused on the internal situation of each of the two countries and on bilateral, regional and international issues.

For bilateral consultation mechanisms, the two countries agreed to revitalize cooperation, particularly in the areas of health, agriculture, education, citizen security, mining, oil, culture , air transport, communication and information, electoral issues, human rights, and all sectors of major shared interest.

On economic relations, Burkina Faso and Venezuela agreed on the need to increase economic exchanges and explore the commercial opportunities offered by the respective markets, particularly in the fields of energy, mining and 'agriculture.

And as prospects, they expressed their desire to move forward in the identification of cooperation projects in the areas of health, oil and mining, the exchange of good practices in agriculture and livestock, the development of university and technical training, the increase of cultural exchanges, as well as the signing of the draft agreement on Air Services, with the aim of promoting trade between the two countries.

The situation in the Sahel also featured prominently in discussions with the Venezuelan authorities.

Indeed, the two countries expressed their deep concern about the situation and security in the Sahel, in particular terrorism, violent extremism, drug trafficking and organized crime, poverty and threats to peace and to stability.

They called for contributing to peace in this sub-region and beyond.

As for human rights issues, the two Parties have expressed their willingness to work together to promote and defend them.

They called on other States to act according to the strict principles of non-selectivity, impartiality and non-politicization, in accordance with respect for non-intervention in the internal affairs of States, which will be conducive to peace and international security.

Venezuela and Burkina Faso have also agreed to work for the reciprocal support of their respective candidacies in multilateral bodies.

The Burkinabe Party has invited the Venezuelan side to pay a friendship and working visit, during 2023, to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with a view to holding the first Joint Cooperation Commission between the two States.

To do this, instructions were given to the experts of the two delegations present, in order to reflect on the modalities of organization of this important meeting.

The two Parties have also agreed to exchange through diplomatic channels to set the date. It will be preceded by a preparatory meeting of experts, to finalize the draft cooperation agreements selected.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Monastir: export of handmade textile clothing expected to rise to over TND 13 million in 2023

The value of exports of handmade textile clothing in Monastir, namely "el Fouta" is expected to reach 12 or TND 13 million in late 2023, from TND 9 millionin 2022, local handicraft delegate Kadhem Masmoudi predicted.

Similarly, the value of national handmade textile exports is also expected to reach over TND 50 million in 2023 against TND 42 million in 2022, the same source told TAP during an event on the Heritage Month.

Masmoudi pointed out that several textile companies, based in Monastir will attend the Handmade in Japan Festival FES to be held in Tokyo next July 22-23. The Japanese market, seen as a difficult market to access, represents a promising market for Tunisian products, he added.

According to the local handicrafts delegate in Monastir, Tunisian textile and handicrafts are exported to distant markets, such as New Zealand, Australia and Japan, in addition to markets in North America and from Europe.

Monastir has more than 4,000 artisans in the handcrafted textile industry, Masmoudi underlined.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

JCC 2023: Lamia Guiga and Mohamed Challouf in organising committee, Férid Boughdir honorary president

The Ministry of Culture has appointed a new organising committee, comprising five members of the film industry, to oversee the exceptional edition of the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), scheduled from October 28 to November 4, 2023.

Prominent filmmaker Férid Boughdir has been appointed honorary president of this 2023 edition of the JCC, according to a press release from the Ministry released Saturday.

Lamia Guiga, who will be art director, will be in charge of the official competition, while Mohamed Chalouf will be in charge of the "Centenary of Tunisian Cinema" event.

The other three members are Mohamed Dammak, general coordinator, Imen Abdelli, secretary general, and Imed Dabbour, in charge of external relations.

The National Centre for Cinema and Image (CNCI) announced early May that the JCC would be held "in an exceptional edition" from October 28 to November 4, 2023. This date was chosen in consultation with the Ministry of Culture and the Joint advisory committee, which brings together the Ministry, the CNCI and film professionals.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

92% of female agricultural workers have no social security coverage (survey)

A survey on "female agricultural workers" showed 92% of respondents among them said they have no social security coverage.

The survey launched by the Tunisian Forum of Economic and Social Rights (FTDES) based on observations, data collection and direct interviews with 500 women from 12 governorates, showed that agricultural workers confuse the social security system with other social protection mechanisms, such as free health care systems.

The survey also showed that only 22% of female farmhands surveyed said they were affiliated to the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM) with their husbands. This reveals how marginalised women are.

The survey recommended the creation of a new mechanism to strengthen the social security of female agricultural workers and the generalisation of its benefits to all categories of workers in the public and agricultural sectors, including death insurance and the creation of agricultural sector promotion programmes and support for small farmers through the establishment of incentives.

The survey also advocated the need to apply the social and solidarity economy and the training of women wishing to launch their own projects and encourage them through financial incentives and facilitate administrative procedures.

The recommendations of the survey included the inclusion and involvement of transporters (intermediaries) in the search for a solution to the problem of transport in the form of a cooperative society with a legal character whose mission is to transport women workers and provide labor to farmers away from exploitation and violation of laws.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse