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‘Aqdar World Summit’ in Abu Dhabi concludes successfully with key recommendations

Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Director of Higher Colleges of Technology – UAE spoke on ‘The Roles & Responsibilities of National Institutions, Civil Society and the Private Sector to Enhance Moral Education’. Prof. Dr. Nasr Arif, Advisor to the President, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates, spoke about the ‘Role of Civil Institutions to Promote Moral Education and its impact on Educational Curricula. Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Director General of Abu Dhabi Media Company, spoke on the ‘Role of Media to Promote Moral Education (Principles and Responsibilities). 

Professor Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), spoke about ‘The Role of Research Institutes in the Development of Research Models on Moral Education and Measuring its Impact’.The topic ‘The Role of Universities in the Development of Research Models on Moral Education and Measuring its various Effects’, was presented by Fatima Al Hammadi, Associate Director – Student Life of the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Apart from a number of sessions dedicated to promoting Moral Education, the summit also played host to a number of applications and pioneering experiments, including debates and courses through the presentation of many realistic models in Arab, regional and international countries, that greatly contributed to the promotion of moral education among young people.

Dr. Christian G Forstner, Director of Business Development, European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) spoke on the ‘Scope of Applications and Experiences, National and International Experiences in Promoting Moral Education’.

Staff Brigadier Mohammad Suhail Al Neyadi, Manager of Strategic Planning – UAE National Service Armed Forces spoke about ‘United Arab Emirates Experience (National Service and Reserve Project).

Dr. Amr Osman, Assistant Minister of Social Solidarity, Director of the Addiction Treatment and Abuse Fund, Egypt, then delivered a speech on ‘Egypt’s Experience in Addressing Moral Deviation’.

During his speech, he referred to Egypt’s methodology of monitoring key challenges, including the danger of extremism among youth, violence in communities, drug abuse and discrimination against women among many other key issues.

Dr. Amr stressed that Egypt is tackling these challenges by addressing key societal disadvantages and control the menace of moral deviation.  ‘Egypt’s experience in using the principle of social justice must be emphasized and developed in educational curriculums for greater impact’ while the role of professional counselling including NGO’s involvement in community services should be strengthened to rehabilitate offenders.

While reviewing the role of media in overcoming moral deviation, Dr. Amr stressed that religious and cultural awareness must be strengthened through the intensification of public and private information campaigns to counter the dangers of moral deviation among the younger generation. Young men and women have to be attracted to volunteering, as it helps in creating a positive effect in combating such challenges.

Sheikha Munira Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of Bahrain delivered a key speech on the experience of the kingdom’s pioneering project "Youth City 2030".David John Grey Wright, Director, UK Safer Internet Center in the United Kingdom, presented Britain's experience in implementing the Safe Internet Center model.General Dr. Nasser bin Visam al-Mutairi, of the Ministry of the Interior of Saudi Arabia, spoke about, ‘Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Experience in combating intellectual Extremism’.

He stressed that the world is currently facing a serious crisis of terrorism and the world community must be aware of the intellectual and cognitive factors behind the origins of extremism.

While stating that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been successful in recognizing that important aspect, Dr. Nasser further added that they launched a number of projects in collaboration with many countries in the GCC and the wider Arab world to confront the challenge of extremism and moral deviation. It includes key security and legal measures rehabilitation of convicts to integrate them back to society.

While stating that efforts to tackle intellectual extremism and moral deviation should be integrated, he added that a continuous cooperation between different states to counter cross border intellectual extremism and terrorism and a new approach related to the involvement of communities in preventing young people from the dangers of extremism and deviation are crucial.

Other key sessions included Dr. Christian Forstner, Director, Business Development, European Foundation for Quality Management EFQM, who highlighted the role of excellence awards in promoting moral education in educational curricula.

Dr. Noura Al Balushi, Deputy head of the Islamic World Studies department at Zayed University addressed the role of scholars and thinkers in promoting moral education.

Engineer Adel Alkaf Al Hashemi and Dr. Najla Mohammed Al Naqbi of the Emirates Internet Risk Protection Society spoke on the ‘Role of NGO’s in promoting moral education among students and guiding them to use Social Media via safe and secure methods’.

Abdelmunam Suleman Al Mushawa, President, Al Sakina Campaign to address extremism of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, then spoke about ‘The Basics of moral education and religious values within the family’.

Another workshop on ‘Mechanisms to enable parents and teachers to develop reading skills among students and children’ was presented by Hend Mohamed Hussein Al Jowder, Deputy Director, Al Iman Schools – Kingdom of Bahrain, Wafa Naji Al Othma, Al Iman Schools – Kingdom of Bahrain and Walaa Nabil Mahmoud Gado, Al Iman Schools – Kingdom of Bahrain.

The closing workshop on the last day of the summit was on ‘The Role of parents in discovering and developing their children’s talents’ by Dr. Shafea Al Neyadi, Human Development and Family Relations Coach and Member of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Association for Giftedness.