Online petition to defend rights of Palestinian children launched at event in La Marsa

Tunis: An event entitled "Creators in support of Palestine", organised by the Regional Authority for the Family, Women, Children and the Elderly in partnership with the SOS Village, began on Sunday morning at the Children's Pilot Complex in La Marsa with the participation of a large number of children. During the event, organised as part of the National Campaign for the Victory and Glory of the Palestinian People, an online petition was officially launched in defence of the rights of Palestinian children and in honour of the mothers of the martyrs. Leisure activities, musical and theatrical performances and children's workshops were organised as part of this campaign led by Tunisian children to make their voices heard, send messages of hope and express their solidarity with Palestinian children. Minister of Family Affairs, Amel Belhaj Moussa, reiterated in a statement to the media Tunisia's constant position in favour of defending the Palestinian cause and the right of the Palestinian people to regain thei r legitimate rights and their stolen land in order to build an independent state with El Quds as its capital. She pointed out that this event, which coincides with the celebration of Mother's Day and the Day of the Palestinian Child, aims to send the voice of Tunisian children so that they can voluntarily express their support for the children of Gaza. For his part, Palestinian Ambassador to Tunisia, Hayel Fahoum, praised the organisation of this event, which was attended by children aged between 3 and 12, to defend the rights of the Palestinian people and raise awareness of the Palestinian cause among the world's children. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Bazèga: The Dapoury school, winner of the football final in the CEB of Kayao

Sports and cultural activities at the primary school in the commune of Kayao in the province of Bazèga reached their apotheosis on Friday May 24, 2024 with the coronation of the Dapoury school against that of Tim- Tim ''A'' by the score of 1 - 0. The Dapoury school won the football final against that of Tim-Tim "A" on the Naba Wobgo field in Kayao by a score of 1-0. This final marks the end of sporting and cultural activities, 2023-2024 edition in the basic education district (CEB) of Kayao. In football, there were initially 33 schools taking part in the competitions. After the elimination phases which began at the end of November 2023, it was the schools of Dapoury and Tim-Tim 'A' which reached the final. At the end of the 2 x 30 minute match, the Dapoury school defeated its opponent Tim-Tim "A" with a narrow score of 1 goal to 0, scored in the 20th minute of play of the first period by Benoît Bingo. For the head of the basic education district of Kayao Constantin Dabiré, this final marks the consecratio n of the efforts of teachers and students of the commune of Kayao who distinguished themselves by their love for the emergence of sport and culture at primary school. Victorious finalist, the Dapoury team won the first prize consisting of the trophy, a set of jerseys, a ball, the sum of 50,000 FCFA plus special prizes of over 30,000 FCFA. The final of the 2023-2024 edition mobilized a large number of spectators including the driving forces of the commune of Kayao and the provincial director of primary and non-formal preschool education of Bazèga, Claude Ouédraogo Source: Burkina Information Agency

Sovereign countries ‘can be counted on the fingers of one hand,’ says Russian Patriarch

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that the countries that can now be called truly sovereign can be counted on the fingers of one hand and that Russia, with its own system of spiritual values, occupies a special place among them. 'Many of those who are here and participating in military operations know very well that we are fighting the enemy, and the adversary has only one goal: that Russia ceases to be a truly sovereign country, and such sovereign countries […] can be counted on the fingers of one hand, the others are dependent politically, economically, psychologically, culturally, but very few have real sovereignty,' he declared this Sunday after the liturgy in the main church of the Russian armed forces. Among these countries, Russia occupies a special place, because it possesses not only sovereignty, but also its own system of spiritual values, a sense of statehood and everything that gives it the status of true sovereignty, that is, total independence from any center of influence and power outside the homeland, the Patriarch said. Russian Defense Minister Andrei Belousov and Deputy Minister Viktor Goremykin also attended the service at the main church of the Russian Armed Forces. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Boulgou: Final of sporting and cultural activities in the basic education district of Bittou, after 3 years of suspension

The sports and cultural activities of the Bittou Base education district in the Boulgou province in the Center-East region took place on Saturday, May 26, 2024 at the Bittou municipal stadium, after 3 years suspension. The final of the sports and cultural football activities of the Bittou Base education district took place at the Bittou municipal stadium. The meeting pitted the Grace school against that of Kiboulé. And it was Grace who won on penalties. The victorious team received 1 ball, 1 set of jerseys, the sum of 35,000 FCFA and the cup. The unfortunate team had 1 set of jerseys, 1 ball and the sum of 25,000 FCFA. The 3rd and 4th team come away with the sum of 10,000 FCFA, 1 set of jerseys and 1 ball each. All participating teams received 1 ball. It should be remembered that due to insecurity, the CEB of Bittou had suspended these sporting and cultural activities for 3 years. And this year to show the resilience of education stakeholders, the head of the Bittou Base education district, Soumayda Y améogo, did everything to carry out this activity under the theme: 'Sport and culture in primary school: Factors of social cohesion and resilience in a context of insecurity'. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: a competition to chase away the ‘phobia’ of maths among girls

Ouagadougou: Around sixty students in 4th and 1st grade classes will take the 'Mathematical Elites' competition this Sunday, simultaneously in Ouagadougou, Bobo Dioulasso, Tenkodogo, Koudougou and Kaya. intended to chase away math phobia among girls and subsequently increase the number of engineers among them. 'Our ambition is to encourage girls to like science subjects in general and mathematics in particular and we are satisfied with the enthusiasm of the actors around this 2nd edition of the competition', declared the coordinator of the association 'Maison Rainbow' Harouna Derra. According to the coordinator, for this 2nd edition of the mathematics competition for girls called 'Elite Mathematics', around a hundred applications from 30 high schools and colleges from all almost 13 regions of the country were registered, of which around sixty were validated. A total of 5 composition centers are selected: Ouagadougou, Bobo Dioulasso, Tenkodogo, Koudougou and Kaya. According to mathematics teacher Harouna D erra, this renewed interest in mathematics among girls proves that the objective of eliminating the phobia of mathematics and therefore increasing the number of female engineers is on track. This initiative was appreciated by candidate Ramdé for whom the competition allows girls to test their knowledge in the subject. She also recognized that 'maths are not easy but invited her classmates to dare.' Harouna Derra took the opportunity to express her gratitude to the partners, notably the Transitional Legislative Assembly through its president, Ousmane Bougouma, who spared no effort in supporting the practical organization of this edition. This year, in addition to the post-primary category concerning 4th grade students, the competition was open to 1st grade students in the secondary category. To participate in the competition, 4th grade candidates must obtain an average of at least 15 out of 20 in science subjects and particularly at least 16 out of 20 in mathematics during the 2023-2024 school year. For 1st year candidates, at least 14 out of 20 in science subjects and an average of at least 15 out of 20 in mathematics in the first 2 terms are required. The 3 best in each category will receive awards, said Mr. Derra. The first will leave with computers, tablets, school supplies and scholarships. The coordinator of the Maison Arc-en-Ciel Association invited engineering schools, universities and institutions and other goodwill to support students with scholarships to guarantee them higher studies in scientific fields. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ioba: The Annunciation Catholic high school in Dissihn wins the final of the 5th edition of the JACAO

The curtains fell on the 5th edition of the cultural and artistic animation days of Ouéssa (JACAO), on Saturday May 11, 2024 in Dano with the coronation of the Annunciation Catholic high school in Dissihn. Launched in Dissihn in February 2024, the final of the 5th edition of the cultural and artistic animation days of Ouéssa (JACAO) took place in Dano on Saturday May 11. This edition of JACAO was chaired by the High Commissioner of Ioba province, Bernadette Adenyo née Sermé. The Director General of Radio and Television of Burkina (RTB), Galip Somé, was the guest of honor. This edition saw the participation of post-primary and secondary establishments from the eight municipalities of Ioba. A total of 33 establishments took part in the JACAO 2024. The competitions took place on the Dano, Dissihn and Ouéssa site in order to reduce student travel. The theme chosen for this year is: 'Cultural diversity in schools, a vector of social cohesion, peace and citizenship in a context of insecurity'. Five disciplin es were in competition, namely clothing art in the form of a fashion show, Dagara linguistic purity, ballet with compulsory music, ballet with music of your choice and traditional Dagara dance. The private Catholic high school Notre Dame de l'Annonciation in Dissihn presented itself in four disciplines out of the five in competition. He emerged victorious in the four disciplines which are dress art, linguistic purity, ballet with imposed music and traditional dagara dance. Bater Langou private high school in Dano wins first place in ballet music elective. The first three in each discipline were awarded prizes. Prices range from 125,000 FCFA to 75,000 FCFA for ballet and traditional dance and from 100,000 FCFA to 50,000 FCFA for the fashion show and linguistic purity. The prefect, president of the special municipal delegation of Dano, Denis Zanré, indicated that the JACAOs play a leading role in awakening students and further rooting them in culture. He asked for support from everyone for these events whic h promote the development of young people. For the president of the organizing committee, Lionel Sayoré, the students are the heroes of tomorrow. This is why he encourages them to never abandon their culture. 'Cultural heritage is the only sure value that will accompany us throughout our lives,' he added. The promoter, Aly Maïga, expressed his satisfaction with the smooth running of the competitions. 'I am a cultural actor and I love culture. I think our objective has been achieved with the participation of students in JACAO,' declared Mr. Maïga. He thanked the provincial and municipal authorities for their involvement and invaluable support. As for the High Commissioner, Bernadette Adenyo / Sermé, the children have talent and they have shown that they are already taking over. They accompany their elders in all cultural activities, everything that is the essence of the communities of Burkina, she continued. She thanked and congratulated the promoter for his support which allows the JACAO to be held regu larly. She appealed to all those who can support this youth of the Ioba province to do so so that future editions can experience more brilliance. The Dreyer Foundation, the Director General of RTB and the High Commissioner each received a certificate of recognition from the promoter for their support in promoting cultural activities. Source: Burkina Information Agency

The Prime Minister of Niger received by the Chadian Head of State Mahamat Idriss Déby.

Ouagadougou: The President of Chad, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno received, on the afternoon of Friday, May 24, 2024, the Prime Minister of Niger, Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine. According to the communications unit of the Chadian presidency, the Nigerien Prime Minister is carrying a verbal message from General Abdourahamane Tiani, President of the National Council for the Protection of the Fatherland (CNSP), Head of State of Niger. This verbal message underlines the importance of fraternal and historical ties between Chad and Niger. This meeting was an opportunity for the two personalities to revisit bilateral cooperation and to discuss several issues of common interest, particularly sub-regionally. The Chadian Head of State and his host reiterated their commitment to strengthening relations between their two countries, with particular emphasis on security, economic development and stability in the sub-region. Ali Mahamane Lamine Zeine congratulated the Head of State on his brilliant election to the supreme office of his country. He also praised the efforts made by Chad for peace and security in the sub-region. In return, President Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno expressed his gratitude for Niger's constant support and reassured of his desire to continue fruitful cooperation with Niger and the countries of the sub-region. Niger and Chad are part of a constant dynamic of rapprochement and solidarity, with a view to facing common challenges by working together for a prosperous and secure future for their respective peoples. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Niger adds the Theaters of Internal Operations medal and the Sarauniya medal to its honorary distinctions

Ouagadougou: The President of the National Council for the Protection of the Homeland, Brigadier General Abdourahamane Tiani signed, this Thursday, May 23, 2024, an order and two decrees establishing two new medals in honorary distinctions from the country. These are the Internal Theaters of Operations Medal and the Sovereignty Medal called Sarauniya Mangou. The Medal for Theaters of Internal Operations, reveals the press release, ''is intended to reward personnel of the Defense and Security Forces deployed in theaters of internal operations and who have withdrawn there due to illness or injury or, posthumously, due to death' '. According to the said press release, ''the institution of this medal aims to honor our valiant Defense and Security Forces, in recognition of the enormous sacrifices they have made, often at the cost of their lives, in order to guarantee peace to the populations . , tranquility and security. As for the Medal of Sovereignty called 'Sarauniya Mangou', continues the source, it 'is in tended to reward natural or legal persons of Nigerien nationality who have particularly distinguished themselves through acts of patriotism, commitment and/or sacrifice for the cause of national sovereignty . Furthermore, ''this medal can also be awarded either to natural or legal persons of Nigerien nationality who have suffered material, physical or moral damage or who have lost their lives in the fight for national sovereignty, or to natural or legal persons of foreign nationality having significantly contributed to the fight for the conquest of national sovereignty'' explains the General Secretariat of the Government. Thus, ''it is attributed by decree of the President of the National Council for the Protection of the Fatherland Head of State, on the proposal of the Grand Chancellor of National Orders, the heads of the national, regional, sub-regional or local institutions concerned as normal, exceptional or posthumous'' we indicate. Regarding the choice of the name Sarauniya Mangou for this medal, "it aims to symbolically assimilate the heroic fight led by the worthy sons and daughters of Niger or foreign personalities, since July 26, 2023, to the fight that led this Queen, one of the greatest figures in the history of our Country, against the colonial invasion'' concludes the General Secretariat of the Government. Source: Burkina Information Agency

Mali is launching the construction of a 200 Megawatt solar power plant, in collaboration with Russia.

Ouagadougou: Malian President, Colonel Assimi Goïta, launched the construction of a 200 megawatt-peak photovoltaic solar power plant in Sanankoroba, a locality near Bamako the capital with the support of Russia, according to several Malian media. The solar power plant, the result of an agreement between Mali and the Russian company Rosatom and its subsidiary Nova Wind, will cost 120 billion FCFA (295 million US dollars) and will be built on an area of 314 hectares. The plant is designed for 'stable operation for 20 years' and will come 'under the total control of the Malian Ministry of Energy' after 10 years, said Grigory Nazarov, director of Nova Wind. Source: Burkina Information Agency