According to the Secretary General of the National Commission, the celebration of the UNESCO 20th Anniversary Slave Route Project is an important mile stone in the history of the National Commission although belated as it was supposed to be celebrated 10 September 2014.
The laying of the foundation stone of the UNESCO Slave Route Project could be traced to 1994 in Ouidah,
Benin and since then the slave Route project has been commemorated in different fashions that brought reflection on the impacts of the TST.
Introductory Statement by the National ASPnet Coordinator
The ASPnet National Coordinator in his introductory remarks said that the celebration of the 20th Anniversary was an important historic milestone for the National Commission. He said National Commission like UNESCO, places youth and women in particular as important stakeholders in development.
According to the National Coordinator, the engagement of students and teachers as key stakeholders in this year’s celebration by the National Commission was deliberate as they have strong influence in effecting change in their societies and communities. He said the Slave Route Project was also conceived by UNESCO in 1994 with students and teachers as primary stakeholders in a bid for them to engage in knowledge search on the TST and to also reflect on what happened to the victims of this heinous crime against humanity.