Kuwait hosts con­fer­ence to aid So­ma­lia as con­tri­bu­tion to peace

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

PARIS: The chair­man of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for the donors’ con­fer­ence for sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion in So­ma­lia, Dr Ghanem Al-Na­j­jar, said the State of Kuwait’s ini­tia­tive to host the in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence next year is in line with its con­vic­tion that ed­u­ca­tion “is the path for peace and sta­bil­ity in the whole re­gion.”

Dr Na­j­jar, a po­lit­i­cal sciences pro­fes­sor at Kuwait Univer­sity, made the re­marks to KUNA as he emerged from a meet­ing of the four par­ties par­tic­i­pat­ing in the planned con­fer­ence, namely Kuwait, So­ma­lia, ISESCO (the Is­lamic Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion), ALECSO (the Arab League Ed­u­ca­tional, Cul­tural and Sci­en­tific Or­ga­ni­za­tion).

The Kuwaiti in­ter­na­tional ex­pert in­di­cated to KUNA that Paris “was the most ap­pro­pri­ate venue to de­clare the State of Kuwait’s adop­tion of the donors’ con­fer­ence,” how­ever he noted that prepa­ra­tions for the in­ter­na­tional meet­ing would take a long time.

The idea of hold­ing the con­fer­ence was first pro­posed dur­ing ALECSO’s quar­ters as an ini­tia­tive to help the So­ma­lis sur­vive wide-spread an­ni­hi­la­tion and chaos, since De­cem­ber 1990, thus caus­ing losses at var­i­ous lev­els in the na­tion.

‘So­ma­l­iza­tion,’ the term widely used in ref­er­ence to the ut­ter tragic con­di­tions in the African na­tion has spread to sev­eral other coun­tries in the re­gion such as Ye­men, Iraq, Syria and Libya and other re­gional coun­tries, with the num­ber of chil­dren fail­ing to study hit­ting 14 mil­lion, “thus cre­at­ing a fer­tile ground for ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism. There­fore, there is a dif­fi­cult fu­ture ahead of us, un­less we take ac­tion, so our out­look is based on ed­u­ca­tion.”

Dr Na­j­jar said ac­tion to re­lieve th­ese crises-stricken na­tions would be­gin in So­ma­lia, with em­pha­sis on en­abling chil­dren at­tend schools. The up­com­ing con­fer­ence, ten­ta­tively due either in April or May next year, would be dif­fer­ent from other con­ven­tions that had been held at this level to ad­dress such crises, in a hastily and im­me­di­ate man­ner; for it would en­vis­age an in­te­grated per­spec­tive, aimed at se­cur­ing teach­ing equally in all So­mali re­gions.

Dr Na­j­jar ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion at re­sponses of UNESCO’s in­ter­na­tional group to­ward the Kuwaiti ini­tia­tive, which en­vi­sions “new think­ing and per­spec­tive; thus this will raise the name of Kuwait high and add to its bright record at the in­ter­na­tional quar­ters.”

Solid per­spec­tive

The con­fer­ence or­ga­niz­ers will co­or­di­nate with var­i­ous states, namely the GCC coun­tries and rel­e­vant UN agen­cies as well as the pri­vate sec­tor “to ham­mer out a solid ex­ec­u­tive per­spec­tive with aim of tack­ling dif­fi­cul­ties that lie ahead.” He lauded Kuwait’s Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Bader Al-Essa for adopt­ing the ini­tia­tive which had been born within the ALECSO and ISESCO quar­ters, and for con­vey­ing the ini­tia­tive to His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah “who ex­pressed strong sup­port for it.” “The project had been re­ferred to the Cabi­net which re­layed it to the For­eign Min­istry as it holds the ju­ris­dic­tions in this re­spect, thus we will hold con­sul­ta­tions with the min­istry of­fi­cials and dis­cuss some ex­ec­u­tive mat­ters,” Dr Na­j­jar told KUNA.

Dr Na­j­jar and his peers in the four-party co­or­di­na­tion com­mis­sion have re­cently vis­ited crises-stricken re­gions in So­ma­lia, ex­am­ined hu­man­i­tar­ian con­di­tions first hand and held meet­ings with top lead­ers. The Kuwaiti pro­fes­sor had served as the UN com­mis­sioner for hu­man rights in So­ma­lia be­tween 2011 and 2009. Kuwait, dur­ing the UNESCO 38th con­fer­ence, had an­nounced that the Gulf State would host the con­fer­ence for So­ma­lia to help chil­dren and con­trib­ute to sta­bil­ity in the coun­try and the re­gion.

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