Education Above All Foundation Launches Project to Enroll All Out-Of-School Children in Rwanda


The global Education Above All (EAA) Foundation announced a partnership aimed at providing quality primary education to every remaining out-of-school child (OOSC) in Rwanda.



In a statement, the EAA said that a framework agreement was signed between EAA through EAA’s Educate A Child program and the government of Rwanda and Save the Children to ensure Zero OOSC, with the support of Qatar Fund for Development. The new project targets the hardest to reach OOSC in Rwanda.



This agreement builds on the achievements made by the Government of Rwanda and its partners in recent years. Due to their sustained efforts, the number of children needing to be enrolled in school is only approximately 177,000.



During the launch, HE Rwanda’s Minister of State for Education Claudette Irere reiterated the significance of education to all and demonstrated the Government’s efforts towards the initiative.



“One of our major priorities is access to quality Education, leaving no child behind and ensuring their retention, transition, and completion throughout the Education system. This partnership complements our ongoing efforts of ensuring that no child drops out of school. We look forward to a successful collaboration.” Commenting on this project, Executive Director of EAA Foundation’s Educate A Child program Dr Mary Joy Pigozzi, says: “This partnership with Save the Children offers concrete opportunities to Rwanda’s children who have been left out of education. We thank the government of Rwanda, whose commitment will ensure that every single out-of-school girl and boy is given a chance to learn and thrive.” Save the Children President and CEO Janti Soeripto said: “For more than 100 years, Save the Children has been committed to helping children access education to reach their full potential. We are honored to work together with the Education Above All Foundation and the Ministry of Education of Rwanda to ensure
all children, including those with disabilities, can go to school to learn and grow. As the world’s leading child rights organization, Save the Children has a responsibility to deliver programs inclusive of children with disabilities that maintain their dignity and secure their full, effective and equal participation.” EAA’s Zero OOSC was launched in 2019. A framework agreement was signed between EAA and the government of Rwanda in 2021 to ensure Zero OOSC, EAA’s Educate A Child program and Save the Children have partnered on a new project in the country, targeting the hardest to reach OOSC in Rwanda.



Source: Qatar News Agency

Kuwait partakes in Palestine book fair in the West Bank


Palestine 13th International Exhibition kicked off on Thursday, with Kuwait’s participation, in the town of Surda some four kilometers north of Ramallah.



Under the logo, “from nakba to the state,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ashtiah and Minister of Culture Atef Abu Saif inaugurated the event, due until September 17, with attendance of Palestinian officials and diplomats.



Speaking after the inauguration ceremony, Ashtiah said, “the exhibition depicts the nationality and culture,” noting that Al-Nakba narrates plight of more than 950,000 Palestinians who had been driven out of their homes. The Israeli occupiers had also stolen Palestinians’ books and placed them in their libraries, he added.



The fair ground hosts four pavilions representing Kuwait, Jordan, Oman and Moroccow. More than 390 publishing houses are partaking in the cultural event.



Saad Al-Enezi, representative of Kuwait’s National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters, and director of the Kuwaiti pavilion, said the Kuwaiti participation is intended to manifest support for the Palestinian activity and spread the distinguished Kuwaiti cultural works to the largest number possible among the Palestinians.



In remarks to KUNA, Al-Enezi said, “We are participating with more than 400 themes from our publications such as Al-Arabi magazine.” He observed that many Kuwaiti issues had been already sold at encouraging low prices.



“Kuwait has always supported Palestine and its cause at all quarters including the cultural sector,” he affirmed, noting that Kuwait participated in last year’s edition of the Palestinian book fair.



Meanwhile, Abdulsalam Al-Atari, the general director of literature, publishing and libraries at the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, said in remarks to KUNA, “Kuwait has been present in the Palestinian culture, like its engagement in the political, economic and social issues.”



Source: Kuwait News Agency

GCC dialogue on children welfare opens in Abu Dhabi


The GCC dialogue on children welfare kicked off on Thursday in the presence of GCC Secretary General Jassem Al-Budaiwi and representatives of social affairs authorities of the GCC member states. The conference is organized by the UAE Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood in collaboration with the GCC Secretariat, Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).



The conference aims to coordinate the child protection policies in the GCC member countries and support workers in the social affairs bodies, according to the UAE news agency (WAM).



In a speech to the opening session, Al-Budaiwi said the GCC leaders instructed the competent authorities to study the adverse impacts of some social media on youngsters.



They also tasked the consultative authority of the supreme council of Oman with assessing the status quo of child culture programs and upgrading these programs, he noted.



The GCC countries proclaimed January 15 as GCC child day with a view to shedding light on, and raising awareness about, the children’s rights, he added. The speakers at the gathering included Secretary-General of the UAE Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood Al-Reem Al-Falasi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority Sanaa Suhail, UNICEF representative in the Gulf region Al-Tayyeb Adam and Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League for Social Affairs Haifaa Abu-Ghazaleh.



Source: Kuwait News Agency

King, Queen receive top Tawjihi achievers

Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania Al Abdullah Tuesday received top General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi) achievers for the 2022-2023 academic year, at Al Husseiniya Palace.

According to a royal court statement, King Abdullah and Queen Rania congratulated the students on their success, and spoke with them about their plans to pursue education in various academic and technical disciplines.

His Majesty commended students’ dedication and academic excellence, urging them to pursue degrees that fulfil their aspirations and meet labour market needs at the same time.

Students expressed pride in meeting with Their Majesties, noting that it gave them an added incentive to move ahead academically and professionally.

Some of the students spoke about their interest in pursuing professional and technical degrees, due to the low employability of some academic degrees, in addition to the rapidly changing needs of the local and regional labour markets.

Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, and Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Azmi Mahafzah attended the reception.

Source: Jordan News Agency

King, Queen receive top Tawjihi achievers

Their Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania Al Abdullah Tuesday received top General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Tawjihi) achievers for the 2022-2023 academic year, at Al Husseiniya Palace.

According to a royal court statement, King Abdullah and Queen Rania congratulated the students on their success, and spoke with them about their plans to pursue education in various academic and technical disciplines.

His Majesty commended students’ dedication and academic excellence, urging them to pursue degrees that fulfil their aspirations and meet labour market needs at the same time.

Students expressed pride in meeting with Their Majesties, noting that it gave them an added incentive to move ahead academically and professionally.

Some of the students spoke about their interest in pursuing professional and technical degrees, due to the low employability of some academic degrees, in addition to the rapidly changing needs of the local and regional labour markets.

Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, Director of the Office of His Majesty Jafar Hassan, and Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Azmi Mahafzah attended the reception.

Source: Jordan News Agency

New Study Shows Ponesimod Drug Can Be Used as Alzheimer’s Treatment

A study conducted by the University of Kentucky in the United States revealed that the oral drug “ponesimod,” which is approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), can also inhibit inflammation contributing to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Erhard Bieberich, PhD, a professor in the Department of Physiology in the UK College of Medicine, stated: “we are the first to show that ponesimod is effective in a mouse model for Alzheimer’s disease.” “Since this drug is already in clinical use for therapy of relapsing multiple sclerosis, it is immediately available to be used in Alzheimers disease therapy as well,” he added, considering the results as encouraging so far, with clear evidence that this drug reduces inflammation-causing cytokines and releases anti-inflammatory signals that encourage small glial cells to phagocytose troublesome protein clumps and tangles in the brain.

He also noted that the experiments conducted by the researchers provided evidence that the drug prevents excessive immune activity in the nervous system, which plays a critical role in the onset of dementia.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatari educational delegation visits Yarmouk University

President of Yarmouk University (YU), Prof. Islam Massad on Sunday met with a delegation representing the Qatari Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The meeting covered possible means of cooperation between the two institutions. The delegation was briefed on Yarmouk University’s stages of development and modernization at all levels, which aims to keep abreast with recent developments in all fields of knowledge, and qualifying human cadres with high-level skills capable of engaging in the local and international labor market alike. The Qatari delegation included the Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Higher Education Affairs, Dr. Khaled Abdullah Al-Ali, Director of Higher Education Institutions Affairs, Dr. Abdullah Hamad Fteis, cultural attache at Qatar Embassy in Jordan, Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Sharif, and Dr. Ala Eddin Tawaha from the cultural attaché. Massad said that YU is witnessing a new phase of modernization and development in its academic programs that emanates from the Economic Modernization Visions (EMV), and the associated administrative and political modernization at the national level, and runs within a strategic plan and clear visions to achieve a comprehensive and sustainable academic renaissance. For his part, Al-Ali commended YU’s academic level his Ministry’s keenness to bolster cooperation with it in various fields of knowledge, and the possibility of seconding Qatari students wishing to study in Jordan. Al-Ali said that his ministry is working to modernize and develop higher education in line with global technological developments and the unprecedented progress made by artificial intelligence in various fields of life. In turn, YU Vice President for Planning, Development, Scientific Research and Quality Affairs, Prof. Samer Samarah, gave a briefing on the university’s faculties and academic programs they offer, especially the academic programs recently introduced by the university at the undergraduate level, which are the Digital Arts Program, the Computer Engineering / Internet of Things Program, and the Supply Chain Management and Logistics Sciences Program, in addition to the two Master’s programs in Business Law, Systems Engineering and Biomedical Informatics.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Minister of Education and Higher Education: Plans to Upgrade Student Support Mechanisms, Quality of School Life in New Academic Year

HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi said Monday that new student support mechanisms would be introduced during the academic year 2023-2024 to further empower school principals in decision-making process and make schools better attractive environments for students and teachers.

Speaking at the inauguration of the annual educational forum, Her Excellency said the Ministry started intensive work to develop comprehensive policies related to the quality of student life including their physical and psychological safety, social participation, and empowering students with disabilities and providing further communication with parents to participate in their children’s learning.

Her Excellency hailed the forum that celebrates the new academic year as a step towards the State of Qatar’s aspirations to achieve successful educational system outputs.

Her Excellency added that the success of Qatar’s educational system is reflected in its excellent outputs – integrated and balanced personalities with good behavior, knowledge and skills that qualify students to be good citizens through adhering to values, preserving national identity, and participating in achieving sustainable development goals for their country and the world.

Her Excellency added that this educational meeting comes after the Ministry successfully accomplished many of its goals, highlighting this year’s goals amid the continuous evaluation of its strategy, and in response to the observations and suggestions of school principals, teachers and specialists.

The Ministry has committed itself to developing plans to transform the teaching profession into an attractive career path, Her Excellency said, highlighting that the most important improvements and plans are based on strengthening the teachers status, advancing the teaching profession, and developing a national framework for the teaching profession that includes professional standards and regulations of the teaching licenses. This can be achieved through quality training programs for public schools teachers and appropriate training opportunities for private school teachers, Her Excellency noted.

Her Excellency announced the launch of a training program to boost teachers’ experiences in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, which is based on investing in the human capital. The program offers Qatari public school teachers training in educationally advanced countries through classroom coexistence lessons in different learning environments with their peers in those countries, a move designed to enhance Qatari teachers’ professional growth and open up horizons for them to learn.

Her Excellency highlighted the Ministry’s strategic initiatives that go beyond the academic scope to further comprehensive education to contribute to the renaissance of generations, highlighting new specific programs to improve the level of services provided to kindergartens, expand nursery homes, and increase community awareness of the early education stage. She also highlighted projects that develop curricula to master foundational and future skills that keep pace with modern technology and digital education achievements.

Her Excellency extended thanks to all educational system employees for their sincere efforts in the last academic year and welcoming the newly joined administrative and academic cadres. (MORE)

Source: Qatar News Agency

Study promotes wider women inclusion in EMV

A government women empowerment committee on Sunday launched a thorough study on a women-empowering strategy that promotes greater inclusion in the Economic Modernization Vision (EMV). Wafa Bani Mustafa, Minister of Social Development and head of the committee, said this extensive study is grounded in the theoretical framework of gender equality and women’s empowerment in macroeconomics. The study, she added, tackled empowering women within the EMV in terms of the legislative framework, legal protection, financial inclusion, digital inclusion, structural change, education, training, and capacity building. She added that the study proposed an executive plan to empower women in future services in trade, health, education, transport, logistics, financial services, agriculture, and food security sectors as well as the pharmaceutical and engineering industries.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Amran .. Protest on anniversary of aggression targeting Syndicate of Teaching Professions

The Education Office in Amran province organized on Saturday a protest on the eighth anniversary of the crime of targeting the aggression coalition, the headquarters of the Education Professions Union in the province, which killed 18 martyrs of educational leaders.

In the vigil, the director of the education office in the governorate, Zaid Ratas, indicated that the organization of the vigil in front of the rubble of the headquarters of the Syndicate of Teaching Professions, which was targeted by the aggression, is an affirmation that the crime will not fall under the statute of limitations, and that the Yemenis are continuing in the footsteps of the martyrs until victory is achieved for Yemen.

He considered the aggression countries’ targeting of teachers while arranging for exams on August 18, 2015, a war crime added to the series of crimes and atrocities committed by the aggression coalition against the Yemeni people over the past eight years.

He pointed out the need to pay attention to the families of the martyrs and provide them with full care. In gratitude for the sacrifices of the martyrs in defending the homeland.

A statement issued by the vigil confirmed that whoever killed educators with his missiles and destroyed educational facilities is the one who is fighting the educational process today by cutting salaries.

He pointed out that the aggression tried, by targeting schools and educational facilities, to stop education in Yemen, but the steadfastness of educational and educational cadres in the field of work thwarted those plans.

Source: Yemen News Agency

Qatar Media Center Organizes Training Workshop in Photoshop Art

Qatar Media Center of the Ministry of Culture has kicked off the activities of the photoshop training workshop which are organized by the center.

Presented by the trainer Abdullah Sorour, the three-day training workshop features an array of themes, including knowledge of photoshop processing tools, lists, layers box and definition tools, in addition to a practical application on adjusting and correcting image colors before and after being converted into a photoshop configuration.

The workshop also includes adjustment of images tilting, cleaning through tools, as well as converting them into printing and practical application on models of images. The workshop is increasingly demanded by a variety of age groups with multiple specializations which primarily underscore the significance of this kind of practical training workshop.

Director of the Qatar Media Center Iman Al Kaabi affirmed that the center has been keen to occasionally present such kind of training workshops to the public, because of the substantial number of people who enroll in them and their significance in accomplishing multiple tasks and functions.

She pointed out that what distinguishes such kind of workshops is the fact that it is demanded by a variety of specializations and is not solely confined to media professions, as there is an increasing demand for learning and perfecting such type of art from the part of a variety of community segments to upgrade skills and develop business considering the digital media revolution.

The center’s approach in selecting the type of workshops it presents essentially focuses on training and qualification which upgrade individuals’ skills and develop them, Al Kaabi outlined, pointing out that the high demand for registering in such training workshops underscores the advisability of this approach.

The center has been active since the beginning of 2023 to organize a series of workshops and training courses in a variety of media specializations, as the center has engaged in covering many events in Qatar as part of a media activity which aims to highlight these events and create its relevant content on various digital platforms.

It also sought to be partner for many events in the country, along with its unyielding efforts to provide the digital content of its male and female trainees on media presentation. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

Youth play a leading role in attaining sustainable world — UN chief

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday that the youth play a leading role in the quest to attain a sustainable world and urged nations to take into consideration their basic role in decision-making processes.

The UN chief made the statement marking the occasion, celebrated under the motto, “Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World.

Shifting to an environmentally sustainable world has become an issue of profound significance; not only for responding to the international climatic crisis but also for attaining goals of sustainable development, he said.

Such transfer warrants boosting “green skills” among citizens particularly the youth, Guterres said, alluding in particular to the need to enhance their knowledge, capacities, values and required stands to live in a sustainable and effective community.

Theme of the latest edition of the global youth day, he said, underscores necessity to enable the young people acquire skills and apply them in the growing green economy.

The humankind depends on the youth energy everywhere, in addition to their thoughts and unlimited contributions, he affirmed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency