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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative for the Gulf States and Yemen and Director of the UNESCO Regional Office in Doha, Salah El Din Zaki Khaled, has praised Qatar Social Work Foundation’s role in supporting education programmes. The UNESCO representative expressed his desire to strengthen cooperation and partnership between UNESCO and the Foundation in comprehensive education and education programmes.

This came on the sidelines of an introductory forum hosted by the Qatar Social Work Foundation of the Ministry of Social Development and Family to introduce the Foundation’s and its affiliated centre’ activities and events, in the presence of a number of Their Excellencies ambassadors accredited to Qatar.

On the sidelines of the forum, the Qatar Social Work Foundation and UNESCO signed an agreement to collaborate in the areas of social and human development, inclusive education policies and practices, and women and youth empowerment.

Through its membership in cultural conventions and committees, the agreement strengthens the foundation’s role in monitoring social issues, allowing it to be a supporter and advocate for the social sector in Qatar by activating institutional partnerships and creating a strong new institutional culture capable of confronting and managing crises efficiently and effectively. It also strengthens the role of the UNESCO office by introducing the diplomatic sector to social work in the State of Qatar, strengthening the partnership principle,and exchanging experiences between countries to improve global social work practices.

The CEO of Qatar Social Work Foundation, Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Kuwari, told Qatar News Agency (QNA) that the event’s goal is to provide the best services to the foundation’s and centers’ target groups, as well as to strengthen cooperation with embassies and international organisations. It went on to say that this collaboration is critical to achieving the Foundation’s and its centres’ goals on the one hand, and the national development goals outlined in Qatar’s National Vision 2030 on the other, because cooperation, building partnerships, and advocating for the issues of the target groups are among the strategic pillars guiding the Foundation’s work.

Al Kuwari stated that the foundation is committed to growth and excellence in providing the best services, empowering its members, and integrating them into society, as well as its role in monitoring social issues, which enabled it to be a supporter and advocate for the social sector in Qatar by activating institutional partnerships and creating a new strong institutional culture capable of dealing with crises efficiently and effectively, noting that the programs and policies are designed to address these issues.

In this context, Laalei Abu Alfain, Executive Director of Shafallah Center for Persons with Disabilities, confirmed in similar statements to (QNA) that the center promotes the integration of people with disabilities into society and their sports, cultural, and social participation according to their cases, and partnerships are formed to train and employ them in collaboration with several parties. She stated that the center currently has two operational headquarters, and that new headquarters will be established in accordance with international standards appropriate for people with disabilities.

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