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WASHINGTON, July 19: Kuwait’s Ambassador to the US Sheikha Al- Zain Al-Sabah stressed on Wednesday the importance of role by Kuwait-America Foundation (KAF) in stimulating peace, understanding between individuals and renouncing violence in societies. This came in a ceremony hosted by KAF in partnership with the US National Campaign to Stop Violence entitled “Do the Right Thing”, during which it honored 43 students from across the US and naming them “Student Ambassadors” for their efforts to protect societies from violence.
Sheikha Al-Zain told KUNA that the “Do the Right Thing” program is a unique educational program that gives middle school students an outlet to express through their writings the violence and its impact on their daily lives. She also praised the work done by KAF in providing a safe space for young people, adding that the annual event aims to reveal the cause and effect of violence and empower young people to reduce negative phenomena in their communities. For his part, Chairman of KAF Dr. Hassan Al-Ibrahim said in a similar statement to KUNA, “We as Kuwaitis are proud to provide and support this program for more than 30 years due to its importance in reducing violence against young people in schools and communities across the US.”
Al-Ibrahim expressed his hope that the program will include children from around the world to instill tolerance and peace in the world. In addition, it is scheduled that the participating students writing will be preserved in a book and deposited in US Congress library. During the ceremony, a number of student ambassadors gave expressive speeches about touching stories of violence and its motives, as well as their experiences when they were exposed to violence in different situations. More than two million students have participated in the “Do the Right Thing” event since its launch in 1994. Meanwhile, KAF was established in 1991 with a primary goal inspired by the liberation of Kuwait from the brutal Iraqi invasion at the hands of the international coalition forces in the Gulf War, in appreciation of the American sacrifices and the strong relations between the two countries. By Ahmad Al-Mazyad (KUNA)