On September 27, 1983, 39 years ago from now, President Kim Il Sung made a historic speech “For the Development of the National Culture of the Newly-Emerging Countries” before ministers attending the First Conference of Ministers of Education and Culture of Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries held in Pyongyang.
In the speech, President Kim Il Sung said that the development of national education is an important task for building national culture and set forth concrete ways and means for development of education including the issue of giving priority to the national education.
President Kim Il Sung had long payed special attention to the development of national education in African countries struggling to oppose all kinds of domination and subordination and create a new independent life, and rendered both moral and material support to them.
He sent our able technicians to several countries like Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe and Sudan to build schools and youth halls, and even provided them with school things and education facilities. He also took benevolent measures for university students of Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Guinea and other countries to come to our country and learn about various fields such as agriculture, public health, construction and electrical engineering.
In Antananarivo, Madagascar, in December 1994, there held a ceremony of naming BanBin kindergarten as Kim Il Sung kindergarten, in high praise of noble feats of President Kim Il Sung accomplished in the educational development of African countries. In several countries like Mali and Tanzania, classes and libraries reverently named after the immortal august name of President Kim Il Sung appeared consecutively.
Having recognized the importance of education in the struggle to achieve social development and prosperity of the country, African countries are now taking practical measures to eliminate the colonial remnants in the field of education and to increase the state interest and investment in education.
We will, as ever, continue to exert every possible effort to further expand and develop the long-standing and traditional relations of friendship and cooperation with African countries in education and other sectors.