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Edu important for peace, eradicating terrorism: Kuwari

Qatar's candidate for the position of Unesco director-general and advisor at the Emiri Diwan, HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al Kuwari has stressed the role of education in"raising awareness about peace and draining the springs of terrorism that emanate from the hotbeds of conflict and the impoverished regions that are overshadowed by ignorance".
Kuwari made the remarks during his address to representatives of the European Union at European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday night. He called for increasing the enrolment of children and women in schools."If we consider that strengthening security in Europe and the world requires supporting people's choices to build peaceful, civil societies based upon shared knowledge, we definitely should support education initiatives and strive to achieve gender equality in this area," he said.
"I hereby run as a candidate for the position of director-general for the upcoming phase because I believe, in my heart, that my years of experience in the diplomatic field, my country's constant support to Unesco and my initiative programme are all timely factors that can help me undertake the responsibility I am entrusted with."
Reiterating his call for a 'Global Day for Culture against Terrorism', he said the battle against terrorism is primarily cultural because terrorism resides in the human mind from which it must be cleansed."
"Therefore, changing minds and convincing people of the right path is the main task that must be undertaken in order to drain the springs of terrorism."
His speech also touched on the deepest historical ties, common interests and continuous efforts to consolidate the high common values that connect Qatar and the Arab and Islamic civilisation with the European people.