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Paolo Fontani è il nuovo rappresentante UNESCO a Kabul

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12/09/2012


Paolo Fontani è il nuovo rappresentante UNESCO a Kabul

Paolo Fontani è stato appena nominato a Capo dell'ufficio UNESCO di Kabul e due giorni prima di partire ha rilasciato una piccola intervista in cui ha parlato delal sua carriera e dei cambiamenti in corso:


Congratulations on your new post in Kabul. How do you feel about this new challenging experience and what are your expectations?

I have already been in Afghanistan in 2002-2003, when I took part in the first phase of reconstruction at the UNESCO Kabul office. I have also worked in other post-conflict countries, namely in Bosnia in 1996 with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and in Kosovo in 1999-2000 as education adviser with the United Nations Mission (UNMIK).

Today, Afghanistan represents another challenge. It is the right time to invest in the country as it moves from a focus on security to a focus on economic, human and social development. UNESCO can make an impact. The country has now been out of serious conflict for almost ten years and is at a crucial stage in its development. It is a challenging opportunity and an interesting one.

Do you have a family and will they be joining you in Kabul?
My wife and two-year old son - a fellow of the UNESCO crèche - live in Paris, and will continue to do so, while I’ll be living at the UNESCO guest house for international staff in Kabul.

Have you ever worked at Headquarters?
At the start of my service with UNESCO in 1996, as an Associate Expert (P2), I spent eight years at UNESCO HQ, working on issues related to education and Human Rights, Rights of the Child, and violence in schools.

Then, in 2005, I moved to Kingston, where I was responsible for the design and implementation of UNESCO’s education program in the Caribbean region.

Where was your last post before Kabul?
My last duty station was at UNESCO Brasilia, where I was appointed Chief of Education in 2008.

What is your most memorable experience in Brazil?
My experience in Brazil was great. The country has excellent energy, the people are friendly, personally and professionally it was very rewarding. Brazil is undergoing rapid economic and social development, and it was the right time to be involved in expanding educational projects and take part in its growth process.

Among other projects, one I am very fond of is the “Escolas do Amanha” or “Schools of Tomorrow”, a large programme with the city of Rio de Janeiro. It focuses on reducing school drop-out and improving learning achievements of children in 150 schools in vulnerable communities. The results are encouraging: data collected and the latest tests show that most of the schools are improving their scores in those two areas with one particular school being ranked as one of the best five in Rio.

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Fonte: UNESCOMMUNITY, 06/09/2012


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