Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson, Education Above All, and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, took part in a thought leadership seminar co-hosted by Georgetown University and Education Above All in Washington, DC emphasising the need for quality education during and after times of conflict and insecurity to ensure a stable future.
"The Right to Education" seminar, held at Georgetown Universitys Riggs Library, explored barriers to education and how they are being addressed, as well as education as the foundation of peaceful societies and the importance of protecting education during conflict.
Along with Her Highness Sheikha Moza, the panel featured UN SDG Advocate Dr Alaa Murabit and Executive Director of Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security Ambassador Melanne Verveer, in a discussion moderated by Georgetown University President John DeGoia.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza focused on the importance of protecting education in times of crisis, viewing it as essential in preparing future generations to break the cycle of conflict and rebuild their communities for lasting growth and stability.
"Unfortunately, education is the first victim when it comes to times of war," said Her Highness, adding, "During conflict, education provides normalcy, continuity and sustainability."
She added, "Education in post-conflict allows young educated leaders to come back to their countries and break the cycle of violence. They can rebuild their countries and redesign new sets of values."
She also called on universities to take the lead in creating innovative solutions to ensure the protection of education for all regardless of fragile situations. "There is no one size fits all solutions. There are different barriers to education in times of conflict. We need to be creative and innovative in these solutions," she added.
Prior the seminar, Her Highness Sheikha Moza met with Georgetown University President John DeGoia, where they discussed the university’s role in leading innovation in education during times of conflict. (QNA)
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