Jawaher Al Qasimi: Education is a basic right for Syrian Refugee Children

2013-09-30 12:03:36
WAM ABU DHABI, 30th September, 2013 (WAM) — Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, has met with Baroness Floella Benjamin, Chancellor of the University of Exeter, to discuss advancing educational performance and the importance of training human resources departments to keep up with developments and the rapid changes in the educational environment.
The meeting, which took place last Wednesday at Sheikha Jawaher’s executive office, highlighted the process of developing educational outcomes by focusing on the quality of teaching methods, as well as improving the learning environment for children, and enhancing their chances to join the educational march.
Sheikha Jawaher said, “Education is one of the basic rights of every child, including Syrian Refugee children. The Syrian crisis has deprived many children of waking up early morning to go to their schools that were destroyed. Deprived them of benefiting from their teachers who mentor them in the basic principles of life. And even deprived them of playing with their friends who they do not know if they are still alive”.
She added, “It seems that providing appropriate educational services for each refugee child is a hard task or even impossible in the present tragic circumstances, but with your big hearts, nothing will be impossible. Supporting those children who have been waiting for long time to hear their school bells ring and stand early morning to salute the flag will make a difference in their lives and give them hope for a better future”.
Baroness Benjamin praised the efforts of the “Big Heart” campaign that was launched by Shaikha Jawaher to help Syrian refugee children, and enhance their opportunities for schooling, and ensure their access to appropriate educational services.
The “Big Heart for Syrian Refugee Children” campaign was launched on 20th June, coinciding with World Refugee Day, by Shaikha Jawaher in her capacity as the Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs and the Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), to help Syrian refugee children who have been torn from their homeland.
Sheikha Jawaher appealed to individuals and institutions in UAE society and the Arab world to support efforts to improve educational opportunities for Syrian refugee children, provide schools with the necessary requirements to perform their educational role, and attract talented teachers who will contribute to elevating the level of academic achievements of the students.
Baroness Benjamin was visiting Sharjah on the occasion of the annual gathering of the University of Exeter’s alumni groups in the Gulf region.
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