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Abdoulaye Wade

  • Senegalese statesman
  • Born May 29, 1926

Abdoulaye Wade (born May 29, 1926) is a Senegalese politician who was President of Senegal from 2000 to 2012. He is also the Secretary-General of the Senegalese Democratic Party (PDS), having led the party since it was founded in 1974. A long-time opposition leader, he ran for President four times, beginning in 1978, before he was elected in 2000. He won re-election in 2007 with a majority in the first round, but in 2012 he was defeated in a controversial bid for a third term.


The teacher that I was for decades, and that I still am in a certain way, wondered what was meant by the word education. I was truly dumbfounded at the very thought of dealing with such an essential and extensive subject.




Education for all seems to be the product of a type of distributive justice that is in no way related to the individual.




Democracy is constructed like an edifice, freedom by freedom, right by right, until it reaches its snapping point.




We will win the battle for Africa, which is in effect a battle for Humanity.




A small child from a developing country has the advantage, from a very early age, of having access to toys which structure his mind, which constitute a sure advantage over the little African child who has never even held a modern toy.




We wish to ensure that young Africans do not feel disorientated in the century in which they live.



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