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Global Initiatives to fight Youth Intellectual Extremism, Strengthen Family Values

The first edition of ‘Aqdar World Summit’, launched two days ago in the capital city of Abu Dhabi, concluded on Thursday, featuring a number of serious discussions, deliberations, and workshops, on the role of ‘Moral Education’ under the slogan, ‘Nourishing Minds, Flourishing Nations’.The summit hosted a number of key sessions by leaders, decision makers, education experts and specialists from specialized educational companies. The three-day exercise was to empower students and parents with key knowledge skills and to engage in a constructive dialogue to build a world of security, tolerance, peace, and coexistence summit helped in strengthening the role of the United Arab Emirates as a global model for the prevention of intellectual extremism and moral deviation among students especially the youth. The effort is to protect the youth from the dangers of terrorism and violent extremism. Nourishing Minds, Flourishing 

The summit attracted the heads of many states, senior government and private officials, offered key recommendations which served the interests of students and youth. These suggestions also provide intellectual and scientific resources accredited by many governments and related institutions.The participants praised the efforts of the host country under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to promote tolerance, peace, and security in the world and its keenness on joint international action to promote cohesion among different cultures, peoples and religions. The directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, activated the curriculum of moral education in the UAE schools. The Sheikh has played a remarkable role in promoting and spreading a culture of tolerance and principles of justice. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior also played a key role.

The key recommendations included the need to provide scientific and intellectual references to moral education from a global perspective based on national identities to ensure their cohesion and integration, to be supported by governments and relevant institutions. Governmental and cultural institutions and the private sector have to work together to protect the youth from moral deviations. Colonel Dr. Ibrahim Al-Dabal, General Coordinator of the Summit called on UN members to establish specialized national institutes and institutions to deal with extremism and behavioral delinquency. They are also urged to work together to protect youth through partnerships between governments and private sector. The United Nations organizations UNESCO regional offices can also play a coordinating role

An online platform to bring together experts and specialists in moral education is also recommended. They can provide recommendations, advice, studies, and opinions on strategies in support of moral education to combat social, political, economic and religious conflicts. An international competition "Global Moral Education" is also planned. Global initiatives for positive dialogue, investment in humanitarian partnerships for peace, are other recommendations to strengthen moral values and prevent family disintegration. They also recommended the development of scientific methodologies to promote "moral education" in the informal educational curricula summer activities and to study their impact on students attitudes.

They also called for benefiting from publications of international institutions such as the United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF, regional and national institutions and others in the preparation and development of moral education curricula, and encouraging the countries of the world to benefit from the unique experiences of some countries in the field of moral education.