The handover of books for the University Library. From left, Prof. Machakanja, Mr. Kutiwa, Mr. SIthole, Ambassador Ms. Calltorp, Mikael Johansson
The handover of books for the University Library. From left, Prof. Machakanja, Mr. Kutiwa, Mr. Sithole, Ambassador Ms. Calltorp, Mikael Johansson
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Africa University receives a donation from the Swedish Government

01 August 2017

Africa University (AU) has received a donation of library books worth US$5 000.00 from the Swedish Embassy. The donation was presented by Her Excellency, Ms. Sofia Calltorp at the closing ceremony of the Winter School on Human Rights on Friday 29 July at Musangano Lodge in Mutare.

 

The donation consisted of 69 books in the fields of human rights law, peace and development. The books are to be made accessible to the AU community, general public and relevant institutions such as civil society organisations and Zimbabwe Universities and Libraries Consortium (ZULC). The Swedish Government and the Swedish Development Corporation are the funding partners of the just ended Winter School on Human Rights.

 

In her keynote address, Ms. Calltorp informed the 14 participants who successfully completed the programme that the knowledge and skills they acquired through the programme will help them contribute to the promotion, protection and effective realization of all human rights of people across the continent. “I very much urge you to keep your aspiration high as it will allow you to achieve higher goals. You will always have the Swedish government’s support in all your efforts for the realization of human rights for all people.” she added before she went on to present to the participants their certificates of completion.

 

The Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) Prof. Machakanja thanked the Swedish Government and the Swedish Development Corporation for their continued support to Africa University highlighting that the University humbly values the partnership. On the basis of previous partnerships, the Interim DVC said potential exists for more collaboration in the field of human rights.

 

Prof. Machakanja also extended sincere gratitude to the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights, and Human Law, (RWI), Africa University, Midlands State University, Great Zimbabwe University and Lund University for the successful implementation of the first cohort of the Winter School on Human Rights.

First cohort of the Winter School joined with Prof. Machakanja, Ambassador Ms. Calltorp and Mikael Johansson
First cohort of the Winter School joined with Prof. Machakanja, Ambassador Ms. Calltorp and Mikael Johansson

 

AU’s efforts to develop capacity in human rights experts on the continent continues to be nourished through its partnerships with the Swedish government, Swedish partners and the RWI. In 2014, Africa University received a donation of library books valued at about US11 000.00 from the Swedish Embassy and equipment for the Documentation and Resource Center in the College of Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance worth US$50 000. The University has been receiving funding from the Swedish Embassy to conduct various capacity building workshops and training since 2011.

 

Facilitators at the Winter School included experts in the human rights field and lecturers provided by Africa University, Midlands State University and Great Zimbabwe University. The Winter School ran for 2 weeks, having started on 17 July this year.

 

By AU Correspondent

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