- Chronicle of the day
"African Charter for Peace and Solidarity"
This Charter was redacted during the
Congress of African Refoundation (only in french).
Peace above All...
by Ousmane MBAYE
In three groups, the 80 or so participants
in the Congress of Refoundation, encompassing every profession
and every social stratum, are endeavoring to draw up a charter
that will include all the issues linked to the principles
of governance for the Africa of tomorrow, to African values
and cultures, and to creating a flourishing economy for
Citizens and states working together
In the committee responsible for deliberating
on the principles of good governance, the contributions
of the various participants revolved around the question
of peace. The conflict between the African states and their
citizens was the subject of intense debate in this committee,
which is trying to work towards a solution to help the two
sectors to live together and work with each other.
The participants of this committee also
laid down a few strong principles to support better land
management on all levels. In terms of the economy, the ideas
are converging around a concept of an African continent
able to respond to the basic needs of its population at
every social stratum. It was deemed that national production
should be focused on the needs of the population. The creation
of an African common market, organized around the major
national markets and the construction of an African university
would certainly provide a better economic base and effective
training for African youth in all fields, so that they no
longer have to chase after a place in a Western university.
Dealing with the trauma of war
In the "Values and Culture"
committee, much serious thought was given to a special definition
of human life, the question of art markets, copyright, and
education, especially civic-education and history teaching.
A different formula is needed for civic and history education
so that young people can benefit more from the enriching
experiences of war veterans, for example.
How to deal with mental education was
also an important point, especially for children who, even
if they are lucky to be still living with their families,
are often victims of the traumas of war. The right to creativity,
exchanges on all levels between the continent's young people,
the creation of a peace movement and the commitment of artists
and performers of all fields, particularly singers, are
all ideas that are generating numerous and enriching opinions.
Tomorrow, the Charter for peace...
Work continues this evening in each of
the committees and the reports they draw up will be presented
at tomorrow's plenary session. The collation of the three
committee reports will then allow us to work on writing
the African Charter for Peace and some minimum five-year
action plans to work for this charter to be adopted.
- From Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 23 June
2001, Congress of African Refoundation
- African Continental Meeting