Sheikha Moza calls for educating refugee children
March 28 2018 11:47 PM
Sheikha Moza
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser meets Filippo Grandi at the United Nations office in Geneva on Wednesday. PICTURES: Aisha al-Musalam/HHOPL


*Moza holds talks with UNHCR chief and presidents of IOC and ICRC

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Education Above All (EAA) foundation and Advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, participated on Wednesday in a high-level panel discussion organised by the foundation in co-operation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 
She urged the global community to facilitate access to quality education for displaced children and to enforce severe penalties for perpetrators of armed conflict.
The session was held at the UN headquarters in Geneva under the title "Quality Education for a Sustainable Future: A Comprehensive Approach for Refugees and Internally Displaced People."
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi attended the session. The discussion touched on the ways to ensure education for refugees and internally displaced persons, in order to build a prosperous future for all.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser touring the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum on Wednesday with Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Sheikha Moza spoke about the obstacles facing the education of refugee and displaced children which prevent them from contributing to the building of their communities. She added that education must be given priority as it is the tool for the children of the present and future.
"A global approach needs to be adapted, in order to remove institutional barriers, which prevent the recognition and verification of refugee education," she said.
Sheikh Moza said the increasing number of armed conflicts are targeting everything that is being built. "The world needs to unite in order to put an end to those who are encouraging armed conflicts and to impose stricter sanctions on them by the UN."
Earlier, Sheikha Moza met with Grandi, where they discussed the joint efforts between EAA and UNHCR, which includes providing quality education to refugee children, such as establishing projects in 12 countries. The meeting also reviewed the future co-operation aspects.
Both parties then took a tour of an exhibition that highlighted refugee children's journey and the challenges they face for education.
Sheikha Moza also met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at the UN office in Geneva and discussed ways of cooperation between EAA and Olympic Refuge Foundation in providing sports facilities for refugees. 
She also met International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President, Peter Maurer, at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva.
The meeting reviewed a number of issues related to protecting education in conflict zones and post-conflict zones as well as means of mutual cooperation with EAA in this regard.
After the meeting, they visited the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, where they toured an exhibition that sheds light on the major contemporary humanitarian challenges such as defending human dignity and restoring family bonds.

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