Africa day is celebrated on 25 May, formerly called African freedom day, organized to commemorate the creation of the Organization of African Unity born in 1963 and renamed the African Union in 2002. The 2023 edition is dedicated to science, technology and innovation.
The African Union
The Organization of African Unity was born with the aim of eliminating colonialism, foreign domination and exploitation of the continent and encourage political and economic integration between member states. The African Union is made up of 54 member states, but Africa Day is celebrated as a public holiday only in twelve African countries, these are Ghana, Mali, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Chad, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho , Liberia and Mauritania.
Africa Day 2023
Science, technology and innovation Africa day 2023, this is the name and theme of this year’s edition. The event aims to “accelerate the development and diffusion of emerging technologies for a green, inclusive and resilient Africa”. The African Regional STI Forum has grown to become the leading continental platform for exploring issues central to development, science and technology, building and enhancing technical and entrepreneurial culture among young people and forging lasting partnerships and alliances that they are sustainable and potentially self-sufficient in the long run.
The first Science, technology and innovation Africa day 2023 has two main purposes. The first is to serve as a vehicle to connect the global community to cooperate, network, showcase, share experiences, build strategic alliances and, where possible, set in motion concrete actions that advance Africa’s progress. The second aim is to bring the results of the African Regional Science, Technology and Innovation Forum to the STI Global Forum and vice versa, in order to create synergies.
The initiative to train 10 thousand health workers in Africa
Going from 3,000 to 10,000 trained doctors, nurses, midwives, technicians and community agents in Africa: this is the goal Doctors with Africa Cuamm has set itself for 2023. And a mobilization has started to raise awareness on the issue. to which the Municipality and the Diocese of Milan, the State University, the Conservatory, civil society and many friends and supporters have also joined. “We want to continue dreaming with the many young Africans who commit themselves, study and train to become protagonists of their own destiny” explains Don Dante Carraro, director of Doctors with Africa CUAMM. “We do our part – he adds – in the care of mothers and children, and also in the training of competent and motivated health professionals. It is a dream that comes true every day, little by little”. For the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, “the true story about Africa must be reinforced: ways must be found to make people understand not only that the current situation is fraught with difficulties, but either we come up with a different solution for the African continent, sharing a path with us, or we won’t get out of it”. The Municipality, he assures, “is working to make some issues real, which are sometimes topics of debate, such as humanitarian corridors or training”. “Unfortunately – observed the Councilor for Welfare of Lombardy, Guido Bertolaso – when it comes to deciding on interventions and allocations at an international level, attention is very scarce”. But he assures us that “we too will do our part”.