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Thursday , January 28 2021

Kuwaiti official hails close cooperation with UNESCO – Ties date back 70 years

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 15, (KUNA): Dr Ahmad Al-Enezi, the Secretary General of Kuwait National Commission for UNESCO, has underscored Kuwait’s partnership with the UNESCO since more than 70 years ago, noting the country’s contributions to serving global humanitarian causes. Dr Al-Enezi, in an interview with KUNA on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of Kuwait’s joining the international organization, said this step “was a starting point for noticeable and distinguished contributions in the realms of education, sciences, culture and social development.”

Kuwait established the National Commission for UNESCO in 1979 to play the liaison role with the international organization. Some of the tangible results of the mutual cooperation was establishment of the mother and child center in Kuwait in 1996. Kuwait Open University was another accomplishment of such cooperation. Kuwait is also an active member in the Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications center in the Middle East.

He added that the launch of “the Amir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Award” for studies and research in special education was also a fruit of the cooperation between the State of Kuwait and the UNESCO.

Kuwait aspires to host an international center for studies on aiding students of special needs and those who suffer from learning difficulties, the slow learners. His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has recently allocated $1 million worth of financial aid for the UNESCO’s programs and future activities.

The UNESCO general congress’ approval of including anniversary of the founder of the educational renaissance in Kuwait, the late Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, in the UNESCO celebrations, is “also a source of pride for the State of Kuwait.” Shedding more light on the close cooperation, Dr Al-Enezi noted that in 2008, the UNESCO held a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Kuwaiti magazine, Al-Arabi. Moreover, Kuwait played a major role in the adoption of the international Arabic language day, last year.

The UNESCO executive board had approved establishment of two centers in Kuwait, one specialized in educating people of special challenges with IT methods and the other in scientific research in the water sector — to be set up at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). Kuwait has recently joined the International Convention for Safeguarding Intangible Heritage, with aim of preserving the national customs, traditions, arts and popular crafts, as well as archeological sites. That is in addition to granting $500,000 to the International Heritage Center to train Kuwaiti cadres and prepare files about the cultural landmarks in Kuwait.

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