Anyway, Afro-IP's attention has been drawn to a pledge drafted by a group of individuals who are concerned about the role of internet in the socio-economic development of African countries.
From an IP perspective, unless this Leo's sight needs a serious eye checkup, here are the interesting parts:
Principle 1: Social and economic openness, to support innovation and guard against monopolies, should be protected.
Principle 2: The cutting off or slowing down of access to the Internet, or parts of the Internet, for whole populations or segments of the public can never be justified on any ground, including on public order or national security grounds.
Freedom of Expression
Indeed, access to education is a key aspect of the Declaration, so is preservation of cultural heritage. (Though some might argue that there are contentious points to address)
'IP rights in the digital age' and 'access to educational content online/copyright' discourse remain topical, globally. It would be interesting to see how or whether African countries would heed to the call.
Updated on 14/04/2015 to highlight parts of the Declaration which explicitly (or as may be interpreted) refer to 'IP rights' and the enforcement or exploitation of such rights.