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  • 2 September 2019

    The 21st African Renaissance Festival conference took place on 15 - 16 August 2019 in Durban. Theme for this year, Enhancing Collective Prosperity Through Entrepreneurship, continued to build on previous editions of the conference with a focus on upliftment for the South African society. The conference was opened by Prof. Sihawukele Ngubane. The conference was attended by, among others, Sihle Zikalala, Premier of the KwaZulu-Natal province.

    In his speech, Ambassador Andrzej Kanthak emphasized the importance of education both for personal development and for entire communities, especially in view of the need to meet the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution based on digitization, robotics and data management skills. The challenges of the modern world require further global cooperation in the fields of education, research, technology and innovation. The Ambassador also presented the scholarship programs for foreigners to undertake education in Poland and their principles: Ignacy Łukasiewicz scholarship program (  ) and a new program offered by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) in the framework of the project "Internationalizing WOBiAK SGGW" introducing the scholarship program for all those students all over the world who would like to join international society of the horticulture ( ).

    During the conference the participants exchanged knowledge about entrepreneurship and their own experience in this matter, and also emphasized the importance of raising qualifications among South African youth through obtaining bursaries and scholarships to study at international institutions. It was stressed that many scientists and students in South Africa are not aware of the wide range of scholarship financing options that are available to them and that often available scholarship offer is not fully used. The attendees emphasized that South Africa has a great demand for entrepreneurs who are able to succeed in their endeavors and thus positively influence not only their lives but also the communities in which they live.

    The conference was attended by delegates from across the African continent, representatives of government and non-governmental organizations, business organizations, the diplomatic corps, emerging entrepreneurs and local communities.

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