Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Maha Zayed Al Ruwaili affirmed the State of Qatar's keenness over the past decades to raise awareness of the urgent need to save education and protect it from attacks, adding that one of Qatar's most important priorities was to provide quality education to all students regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, background, and circumstances.
Speaking to Qatar News Agency on the occasion of the International Day to Protect Education from Attack, Al Ruwaili explained that this priority stems from the State of Qatars firm commitment to the rights of the child, and its belief that providing access to safe, comprehensive, and uninterrupted education is a basic right.
The Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs called for developing effective measures to stop attacks against students, teachers, and educational institutions. She indicated that in view of the devastating obstacles that conflicts place to learning, which negatively affect the future of entire generations and deprive them of acquiring knowledge and mastering the skills that qualify them to build and develop themselves and their countries, the ministry stress the importance of working to develop effective measures that oblige everyone to stop attacks against students, teachers, and educational institutions.
Al Ruwaili stressed the need for schools and universities to remain as safe havens that promote peace and development, and the need to acknowledge their civilian nature, thus, keeping them free from occupation and use in armed conflicts. Moreover, she expressed her hope that celebrating this occasion would raise awareness globally of the seriousness of violating the right of the child to education and would bring about a multi-dimensional approach that sets the protection of education as top priority.
The International Day to Protect Education from Attack is observed on the ninth of September annually, stipulated by a draft resolution submitted by the State of Qatar to the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, who unanimously adopted and approved the resolution on May 28, 2020.