Nahyan addresses India education fest

Minister stresses education is right of every child at inaugural event

Staff Report
17:22 August 9, 2017

Dubai, Jaipur: Every child has the right to education, which has the potential to end all forms of inequalities, Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, said during the inaugural Festival of Education in India.

The festival, organised by UAE-based GEMS Education and the government of Rajasthan state, was held in the state capital Jaipur on Saturday and Sunday.

It saw over 100,000 global innovators, teachers, students, parents, scientists, and policymakers gather under one roof.

Shaikh Nahyan was the Guest of Honour and the keynote speaker at the festival. He said every child should have the right to education, citing the key role it plays in the personal and social development of any human being, enabling children to acquire knowledge and skills, to help define their future.

He mentioned that for the proper development of any country, it was imperative that every child, regardless of their gender or social background, should have equal opportunities in exercising their right to learn. Education has the potential of enabling the world to end all economic inequalities and discriminations.

He called upon parents and the entire society to join the governments in ensuring that children receive a quality education to provide a greater platform for the overall development of the young next generation.

He asked teachers and educational authorities to adopt creativity and make efforts to ensure education was made accessible to every child even in the remotest parts of the world.

Shaikh Nahyan thanked Vasundhara Raje, chief minister of Rajasthan, for her inputs and ideas behind the organisation of the festival.

A key outcome of the event was that an Exchange Programme/Partnership has been agreed on between the Government of Rajasthan and the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge.

Amreesh Chandra, group president of GEMS Education, India, said: “We are proud to present the Festival of Education. An initiative powered by GEMS for the Government of Rajasthan that is aimed at taking the education ecosystem of the country to the next level. India is now the new intellectual capital of the world and within that, Rajasthan is poised to be the knowledge hub.”