The Intercultural Network for Health and Education or RISE project, created by the Monegasque Red Cross, in partnership with its Malian counterpart, aims to meet the needs of Malian students by providing training in targeted areas such as health, economics and foreign languages, which will be taught through new information and communication technologies.

The inauguration took place on Monday, March 8, 2010 at 11:30 am at IUM in the presence of His Serene Highness the Prince Albert II, President of the Monegasque Red Cross. After the presentation of the project, the connection between the two countries has been established, with great emotion. The exchange, which was extremely fluid and of a high quality, has enabled the audience to understand the potential contribution of the project in terms of education and openness to the world; the Prince Albert II concluded the event by stressing the importance of education for sustainable development.

Videoconferences on African culture, art, history or traditions, will be offered to people who are interested in these subjects in the Principality of Monaco. This two-way process will benefit not only the people from Mali but also youngsters and adults from the Principality. Thus two main tools have been considered and put in place:

* The videoconferences which represent an interesting tool for the future that can abolish the borders between groups of remote speakers, and thus can promote intercultural exchange and knowledge sharing.
* The e-learning tool, which can represent a very valuable tool for African students. Through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (, the International University of Monaco ( and other partners in education can propose training solutions tailored to the needs of the Malian students, and which can be made available to them at a lower cost.

This project was made possible by a private donor and through a partnership with a Monegasque company, SONEMA, which is offering its services to ensure optimal connectivity between Monaco and the Malian cultural center, the “centre Luc Sangaré”, that welcomes 600 members. Ultimately, many Malian persons will benefit from this technology for cultural and educational purposes.

Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, and education is a real problem there: only 43% of children attend primary school, and 23% go on to secondary school. The lack of infrastructure and resources discourages those who wish to build a real professional project. UNICEF estimates adult literacy rate in Mali at 23% only (2008 data).

Undoubtedly, this innovative project will attract new partners and the results will very soon be visible in Monaco as well as in Bamako.

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