Bahrain appeals to keep schools neutral
Manama, October 30, 2011
Bahrain has called to distance schools from political struggles at a special forum on the sidelines of the 36th Unesco General Conference in Paris.
The kingdom recommended the move to avoid polarisation 'which may sow dissension and spread hatred among students and have a negative impact on their learning and personal growth'.
The Bahraini delegation also requested Unesco's regional offices to play a major role in training and rehabilitation through organising workshops and training sessions in various fields, especially education and sustainable development.
The recommendations were made by Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi during a special forum on the sidelines of the conference on the UN body's contribution to promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development.
Dr Al Nuaimi highlighted Bahrain's efforts to link education to sustainable development through the initiatives of the National Project to Develop Education and Training, linking school output to the labour market, combating poverty, empowering women and people with special needs, and other government projects aiming to upgrade living standards.
The kingdom's proposals were praised by the forum chairman and participants.-TradeArabia News Service