March 25, 2010

Eritrean Education officials visit Sudan

Asmara — A delegation from the Ministry of Education comprising senior officials headed by Minister Semere Russom conducted a working visit to Sudan from March 7 to 21. During its stay, the delegation held talks with various senior officials of the Sudanese Education Ministry on enhancing the existing relations in the domains of education and culture, besides sharing experience on the provision of educational opportunities to youths who failed to attend classes at the right age due to nomadic pattern of living.

Also in a meeting with the Sudanese Education Minister, Dr. Hamid Ibrahim, the delegation pointed out that the Eritrean government is giving top priority to the task of ensuring educational opportunities in remote areas of the country. It further indicated that 64 schools have been constructed with a special aim of providing educational opportunities to youths who failed to enroll in school at the right age due to nomadic life style.

Following discussion on the tasks that need to be accomplished on a priority basis, the Sudanese Ministry of Education expressed readiness to foster cooperation in the development of the Arabic and English languages, as well as upgrading curriculum.

The delegation that began its tour in Kassala zone visited a number of schools in various Sudanese towns, as well as the curriculum development institute, Beket A'Ruda.

Also in the course of the tour, the delegation visited historical places in Al-Ubeid town in morthern Sudan, besides exchanging views with the heads of the country's teachers association.

Meanwhile, the delegation from the Eritrean Education Ministry conducted discussion with the respective Sudanese officials on the objective situation in the Homeland. The Sudanese officials lauded the Eritrean government's role in promoting peace and stability in the region in general and the Sudan in particular.

March 23, 2010

To Bedawie radio adverts not allowed in Kassala

Kassala State bans campaigning in local dialects
Salah Barkin, the Beja Congress’ candidate for Governor of Kassala State, has slammed as “unconstitutional” a Kassala State ban on campaigning in local dialects, Ajras Al-Hurriya reports. The local state radio had turned down requests to air his campaign message in the local dialect saying it had to be recorded in Arabic.
Barkin maintained that this was a show of disrespect for the local dialects of eastern Sudan and a continuation of “policies of cultural hegemony” meted out on them and on others by the central government.

UNMIS media report. March 23, 2010.

March 18, 2010

Darfur cease fire - peace at last?

 -- The Sudanese government signed a framework cease-fire agreement Thursday with a rebel group from the country's war-torn Darfur region, according to state-run media

read the CNN report here

Eritreans visit Kassala region to talk

Asmara — An Eritrean government delegation headed by the Administrator of Gash-Barka region, Mr. Mussa Rab'a, is currently on a working visit in the Sudanese Kassala zone.
During its stay, the delegation would visit a number of institutions in the zone, in addition to holding talks with pertinent officials.
It would also observe endeavors being made to connect the two countries through electricity and road. Moreover, the delegation is expected to conclude agreement with the Kassala Zonal Administration regarding agricultural development and public transportation.

UPDATE. March 20: Agreement signed

Asmara — In line with the growing relations between Eritrea and Sudan, the Administrative regions of Gash-Barka and Anseba concluded co-operation protocol agreement with the Sudanese Kassala region.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Kassala town on March 17, Eng. Ali Awad Mohammed Mussa pointed out that Eritrean-Sudanese relations are both historical and people-based. He further stated that the Administration and people of Kassala region would exert the necessary effort to ensure the realization of the objectives envisaged by the leadership of the two counties.

Also speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mussa Rab'a, who headed of the Eritrean delegation in the visit to the Sudanese Kassala region, pointed out on his part that the Sudanese people in general and East Sudan in particular stood on the side of the Eritrean people since the days of the armed struggle for independence. He went to say that the visit is aimed at putting into effect the goal of closer ties in accordance with the agreement reached between Presidents Isaias Afwerki and Omar Hassen Al-Beshir. Mr. Mussa Rab'a also underlined the need to further enhance the strategic Eritrean-Sudanese relations for mutual benefit.

The Eritrean delegation which includes Mr. Mussa Rab'a, Administrator of Gash-Barka region, Mr. Gergis Girmay, Administrator of Anseba region, Ms. Tsgereda Woldegergis, Administrator of Northern Red Sea region, and Brig. General Tekle Kiflai, conducted a visit to the Sudanese Kassala region from March 15 to 17. During its stay, the delegation visited the Kassala fruits processing plant, printing and publishing corporation, Kheshmelgirba Dam, Jedida halfa agricultural project and a sugar factory, as well as tourism and cultural centers, among others.

Reports indicated that the Eritrean delegation was accorded warm welcome on the part of the Administration and people of Kassala region.

March 9, 2010

Policies about religion differ

“It is imperative that we prove logically and ideologically that Islam unites and does not divide the people of one nation,” Al-Raed quotes VP Taha as saying at a symposium in Khartoum on Renaissance.

The Vice-Presidemt  called upon the people to advocate against the establishment of a secular Sudanese state. Taha said youths have to be guided and encouraged to adhere to the preaching of religion especially against the background of the external factors.

COMMENT; Why was there a civil war?

Source UNMIS media report- March 8, 2010

March 2, 2010

Active forum on Sudan - with many photos!

It's over at Skyscraper City. Lots of conversation - about the election, about development, about specific building projects. All over the country. Take a tour through various cities, looking at photos that registered users post to the forum.
There's a discussion forum [below] and two forums [above - click through]  covering photos of Sudan, and projects and construction.
City focus includes sections on Kassala and Port Sudan.
Have fun.

March 1, 2010

Rare interview with President Afwerki of Eritrea

By AlJazeera, this 23 minute interview in English shows the president's calm response to a variety of tough questions.
Are Iranian arms being supplied to Palestinians through Eritrea? Is Eritrea supplying  arms to Somalia to create a border war with Ethiopia? Why are so many Eritreans trying to leave the country to seek asylum elsewhere, Are Eritreans suffering from hunger due to the drought in the Horn of Africa?
Interview done on February 22, 2010.


Sudan Embassy demonstration - video

A remembrance of the Beja people who died in Port Sudan on January 29, 2005. This demonstration was a call for justice from the Sudan government, represented by their embassy in Washington, DC, USA.

In a previous post, the reasons for the demonstration were explained.