"Quality Education for All" by UNICEF representative to Malaysia

Sep 6, 2008 ◄ Back to list

Convinced that education is a vital part of a child’s growth, Youssouf Oomar, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative to Malaysia, was at the Wisma Kebudayaan Soka Gakkai Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, on September 6, 2008 to deliver a lecture entitled “Quality Education for All.”

In his lecture, Oomar stressed that the importance of recognising a child as a human being in his or her totality. Recognising their rights to be respected and protected human beings is the starting point to nurturing children to be agents of change in society.

Quality education, according to the UNICEF representative, includes more than good teachers and infrastructure - a school should be a protective environment for the children to express themselves, learn about life, learn to share and contribute to others. In this regard, teachers should provide an environment free from discrimination or inequality. They should nurture children to become future leaders and responsible citizens. Oomar also stressed that everyone in society should work together in ensuring a safe and conducive environment for the children and their educational needs.

UNICEF is mandated by the UN General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potentials. Therefore to have access to quality education is a basic right of children. 

Among the guests who attended the lecture were representatives from embassies of Cuba and Azerbaijan, as well as the Australian High Commission.

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