Liberian Heads All-Africa Students Union

MONROVIA: The status of Liberian students’ among their counterparts from other countries on the African continent was elevated further last week in far away in Ghana when at its 13th Elective Congress held December 20-22, 2021, delegates of the All-Africa Students Union (AASU) both physical and virtual, unanimously elected Varney Alieu Jarsey of Liberia as its President. The congress was attended by 38 in Africa, 19 attending physically and the rest joined virtually.

According to a press release signed by Elorm Mawuli Kwawu, Head of Research and Communications, others elected were, Peter Kwasi Kodjie of Ghana, Secretary General, Juliet Tsepang Khumalo, Deputy Secretary General and Angel Mbuthia of Kenya, Secretary for Gender and International Relations.

Others are Emad Ahmed Nasir Abu Isnyna of Libya who was elected as Secretary for Education and Students Rights, Eustache Ndayisaba of Rwanda as Secretary for Finance and Administration and Ajavon Kokoe Vanessa Augustine of Togo as Secretary for Press and Information.

The release also disclosed the election of 4 regional Vice Presidents which include El Hadj Hussein Tapily of Cote d’Ivoire as Vice President for West Africa, Esther Ndeme Assiene of Cameroon for Central Africa while Misheck Kakonde of Zambia, Mohamedali Abbobaker Mohamed Elsafi of Sudan and Moustafi Sidi of Mauritania were elected as Vice Presidents for Southern Africa, East Africa and North Africa respectively.

The release also named other executive members as Ericson Ocante Ie of Guinea Bissau representing West Africa, Mpaki Sah Phalek Shadrak of Gabon for Central Africa, and Tlotlo Madisa of Botswana and Gerard Musabanganji of Burundi for Southern Africa and East Africa respectively.

The election which was organized by the Electoral Commission of AASU in strict adherence to AASU’s constitutional provisions was observed and supervised by representatives from the Electoral Commission of Ghana and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ghana.

The All-Africa Students Union (AASU), formed in 1972, organizes all students in Africa – from the basic level to Institutions of higher learning. The Union has presence in all 54 African Countries, albeit, headquartered in Ghana under a headquarter agreement with the Government of Ghana. AASU’s core activities are focused on a broad range of issues affecting students or have the tendency to affect students, including but not limited to the seven strategic priorities of the Union – Education & Students Rights, Capacity Building, Gender Advocacy, Environment & Climate Action, Pan-Africanism & African Culture, Migration & Mobility, Democracy & Good Governance

AASU’s Strategic Priorities are fully aligned to the UN and AU’s development priorities as articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063 respectively. In addition, these priorities complement the global efforts to build a relevant contemporary human capital, capable of fitting into the global citizen ecosystem. In the year 2000, the UN awarded AASU a certificate of merit in recognition of the Union’s efforts at advancing students’ rights and championing the democratization of education across the African Continent.

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