HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, founder of the global foundation, Education Above All (EAA), who will be delivering speech to political leaders, NGO chiefs and diplomatic community at the Hague Institute for Global Justice, will be telling the international community and speak on behalf of children.
She will be leading a high-level seminar and state that the long-term peace and sustainable development agenda cannot be achieved unless there is renewed political commitment to protect education in conflict.
She will say: “Now, more than ever, we need to reassert our common goal – to protect education during war. To provide education even in conflict and insecurity. This is when it is most difficult, and yet most urgent, to build sustainable peace.”
She will also be speaking about the international peace and security and state that UN security which is supposed to be at the forefront to ensure peace is “broken in exactly those situations where it is needed most – to hold to account those who commit grave violations of international law.” She will say it has “failed in its duty to unite, to collectively condemn… and to ensure accountability for crimes against education and children”.
The seminar will also include contributions from International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda; founder and president of the Foundation for Community Development, and founder of the Graça Machel Trust, Graça Machel; and founder and CEO of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, Unesco Special Envoy for Peace and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate Forest Whitaker; Norway’s State Secretary, Laila Bokhari; and CEO of Save the Children UK, Kevin Watkins.
The event will also discuss the ways and programmes for strengthening international laws to protect children. One quarter of school-aged children, live in countries affected by conflicts. South Sudan has a high proportion of school drop outs with over half of primary and lower secondary age children not accessing education.
HH Sheikha Moza’s address coincides with the signing of an extended partnership between EAA’s programme, Al Fakhoora, and the Dutch NGO, PARK, offering higher education opportunities to young Syrian refugees, granting access to scholarships, undergraduate qualifications and vocational training to a total of 6,345 students in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey.