Men­tor Ara­bia holds ban­quet un­der Amir’s spon­sor­ship

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: Pa­tron­ized by His High­ness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah, Men­tor Ara­bia held, late on Satur­day, a ban­quet at­tended by Queen Sil­via of Swe­den, also chair­per­son of Men­tor Foun­da­tion In­ter­na­tional. His High­ness the Amir was rep­re­sented at the for­mal din­ner by Deputy Amiri Di­wan Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sheikh Ali Jar­rah Al-Sabah.

In her ad­dress to the at­ten­dees, Queen Sil­via af­firmed that the in­ter­na­tional foun­da­tion seeks to tackle all dan­gers fac­ing the youth, such as drugs. Chair­man of Men­tor Ara­bia Prince Turki Bin Ab­du­laziz Al Saud ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the State of Kuwait for its lead­ing role in em­brac­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian causes par­tic­u­larly those con­cern­ing the chil­dren and youth.

Mean­while, Deputy Chair­man of Men­tor Ara­bia Faisal Al-Mutawaa thanked His High­ness the Amir for grac­ing the foun­da­tion. A doc­u­men­tary about Men­tor Ara­bia was dis­played to the at­ten­dees. Queen Sil­via ar­rived in Kuwait on Fri­day to at­tend a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing train­ers and ed­u­ca­tors of the global pro­gram, peer ed­u­ca­tion, to pro­tect youth against drugs, or­ga­nized by Ghi­ras in co­op­er­a­tion with Men­tor Ara­bia.

Men­tor Ara­bia is a re­gional non-gov­ern­men­tal foun­da­tion which ad­vo­cates drug pre­ven­tion among Arab chil­dren and youth. It is an af­fil­i­ate of Men­tor In­ter­na­tional, op­er­at­ing un­der the mis­sion of “A world where chil­dren and young peo­ple are em­pow­ered to make healthy de­ci­sions and avoid drug use.”

Kuwait has fruit­ful co­op­er­a­tion with Men­tor Ara­bia, through the Min­istries of Ed­u­ca­tion, In­for­ma­tion and the Min­istry of State for Youth Af­fairs. Queen Sil­via highly ap­pre­ci­ates Kuwait’s sup­port to the foun­da­tion and lauds the lead­ing na­tional pro­gram for drug aware­ness, known as Ghi­ras, that has been a ma­jor part­ner in Men­tor’s ef­forts and goals.

Queen Sil­via es­tab­lished Men­tor In­ter­na­tional in 1994 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, as the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tion of not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing to de­velop ev­i­dence­based youth devel­op­ment pro­grams that fo­cus on pre­vent­ing drug abuse. —KUNA

Queen Sil­via of Swe­den is pic­tured with some of­fi­cials at the event.

A gen­eral view of the au­di­ence.

KUWAIT: Queen Sil­via of Swe­den and Deputy Amiri Di­wan Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sheikh Ali Jar­rah Al-Sabah at­tend a ban­quet held by Men­tor Ara­bia re­cently. —Amiri Di­wan photos

Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Dr Bader Al-Essa (left) is pic­tured in at­ten­dance.

Queen Sil­via of Swe­den de­liv­ers her speech.

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