Monday, March 23, 2009

Sheikha Mozah calls for Protection of Educational Systems

HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Misnad of Qatar, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education has expressed her deep belief in the sacred nature of the right of quality education for everyone, saying „that this right is the perfect path to bridge the gap between different cultures and to reconcile various civilizations.“

Addressing the opening session of the Thematic and Interactive Debate on Education in Emergencies United Nations General Assembly, Sheikha Mozah said: „Education in emergencies signifies that the right to education is being threatened by nature made causes relating to disasters, and unfortunately, by human made causes“.

„The right to quality education for everyone is the perfect way to bridge the gap between different cultures and to reconcile various civilisations. Without such a right, values of liberty, justice and equality will have no meaning,“ Sheikha Mozah said.

Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, president of the UN General Assembly, lauded the efforts of HH Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Misnad in helping Palestinian schoolchildren.

„As you may know, she has been working tirelessly to restore as quickly as possible the scores of UN-sponsored schools that were damaged during the invasion of the Palestinian territory of Gaza two months ago,“ said D’Escoto. „She has made the case and the government of Qatar has been instrumental in raising the funds to rebuild the secure, nurturing learning environment that children and young people so desperately need.“

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