U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is in Kigali this week promoting partnerships between American and African universities. The goal is to use higher education to drive development in Africa. For VOA, Thomas Rippe reports from Kigali. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings visits the FAWE Girls School in Kigali, Rwanda. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings says higher education is vital to the future development of Africa. She says Africa needs highly trained professionals to take on issues such as poverty, hunger and health.
US Secretary Spellings is in Rwanda this week to open the Africa Regional Higher Education Summit. The summit will bring together representatives from universities around the United States and Africa. The focus is on partnerships in higher education, food security, economic growth and health. Current projects are driving economic development in Nigeria and public health in Rwanda. Also attending the summit are high-profile donors from around the world.