H H Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the Unesco Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, made a fervent plea for right to education for all at the Unesco General Conference which opened in Paris yesterday.
“Depriving education is equal to depriving right to live,” she said at the 35th session of the general conference. “The right to education is facing a structural crisis- the repercussions of which might not be revealed in the same way as the repercussions of the financial or the environmental crisis- but which in a long run might well be stronger and more dangerous. This is because quality education prepares the child, the teenager and the young man to face life, armed with the necessary knowledge, experience and skills which allow him to adapt to all the changes and pressures regardless of their causes. This is the type of education which enables us to face the challenges of the millennium”
She also called for a global view in implementing educational policies which has been successful as a national programme in many countries, while many children elsewhere were left behind. “75 million children are deprived of the right to education, and 150 million children, 65 percent of whom are female, will not be able to complete their primary education.”
She stressed the need to introduce the culture of peace concept in educational curricula. “Our hope should always remain connected to our future generations, and in all certainty, we see the importance of the pivotal role of a quality education system in building these generations and preparing them to be in charge,” she said.
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