New York, September 20 (QNA) - HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi underlined that education is a human right and a fundamental pillar of the Qatari Constitution.
This came in a speech delivered by HE the Minister at a session highlighting education in times of crisis, during her participation in the Transforming Education Summit, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
Her Excellency pointed out that the State of Qatar is one of the highest countries in the region to invest in education, stressing that thanks to the wise leadership of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the issue of education at the global level has become one of the main pillars of the State's foreign development programs. In this context, HE the Minister hailed the leadership role of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder and Chairperson of the Education Above All Foundation, to advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals and guide towards providing education to children in conflict areas.
HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education underlined that the State of Qatar is at the forefront of providing international development assistance in the education sector, where it has provided support to more than 14 million children in more than 60 countries, and for many educational initiatives, programs and projects to support education for children in conflict areas; confirming the State's commitment to work with all partners and the international system to transform education systems to enable children and youth affected by crises to access comprehensive and high-quality education opportunities.
She also praised the role of Education Above All Foundation in its quest to provide the most vulnerable children in developing countries with comprehensive and high-quality education, emphasizing that the State of Qatar provides every young person with the opportunity to achieve their hopes and aspirations, while transforming schools into safe, healthy and attractive learning environments.
HE Minister Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi highlighted that the only challenge that will shape the coming decades is the deep and fundamental need to provide quality and comprehensive education for all, especially for those living in conflict areas.
At the beginning of her speech, HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education expressed Qatar's appreciation for the role played by HE UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the service of education, also thanking the Deputy Secretary-General for her efforts in preparing for the historic summit.
In addition, HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi joined the conclusion events of the Transforming Education Summit, which valued the role of the State of Qatar as one of the five countries that had a leading role in the Summit. The conclusion events also featured an introduction to the UN Secretary-General's vision statement on the transformation of education. (QNA)