Rabat, Morocco, 5-9 December 2011   

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Amadou Mahtar Mbow


Amadou Mahtar Mbow was born in 1921 in Dakar, Senegal. Early in life, he had adhered to certain principles, such as his religious beliefs and commitment to the Scout Movement, which made it easy for him later to volunteer to fight in the World War II. At the end of the war, he enrolled at the Sorbonne where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in History, and then joined the teaching profession. A true teacher, Amadou did a number of field works related to basic education and literacy, and published several textbooks on history and geography. Besides being a teacher, he is also a militant. He contributed tremendously to the student movement in Senegal and the country’s struggle for independence. He was Education and Culture Minister (1957–1958), Education Minister (1966–1968), and Youth Culture and Sports Minister (1968–1970) and lastly, Member of Parliament (period???). Amongst others, he has also occupied the positions of Deputy Director General UNESCO (1970-1974), and later Director General (1974–1987), during which his fight for a New World Order for Information and Communication (NOMIC) was highly recognized. One of his most remarkable achievements is his publication of Africa’s General History in eight volumes. Amadou Mahtar Mbow has received award of excellence (Doctor honoris causa) from about fifty different universities around the world. His ninetieth birthday anniversary was celebrated in May 2011 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

During the 13th CODESRIA General Assembly, Prof. Amadou Mahtar Mbow will give the opening lecture.