Doha: Qatar 2022 and the power of football can protect and encourage education for all, said Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), during a high-level virtual event held yesterday to mark the first International Day to Protect Education from Attack.
Organised by Education Above All (EAA), with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), Save Our Future and the Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) and the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations (UN), the event aimed to commemorate and promote the international day and act as a call to stop attacks on education.
Speaking in a panel discussion on promoting effective policy choices and public action during the pandemic, Al Thawadi said, “Protecting education from attack is an important tenet of Qatar’s international commitments. Our country is steadfast in wanting to resolve conflict through dialogue and negotiation. And sport - football in particular - can play an important role in contributing to that protection.”
Al Thawadi also highlighted some of the beneficiaries of the SC’s Generation Amazing programme, the organisation’s flagship football for development programme which uses the power of football to teach key life skills to children and youth in Qatar and globally.
“Sport teaches us so much. It allows self-expression, develops character and fosters a freedom of spirit. We’re using the World Cup in 2022, and the power of football, to protect and encourage education for all,” said Al Thawadi.
Al Thawadi also shared the inspirational story of Generation Amazing beneficiary, Mahira Ahmed Miyanji from Karachi, Pakistan. With dedication and through the help of Generation Amazing, Miyanji was able to continue her work with Women Is A Nation (WIN), a non-governmental organisation she founded which advocates education and equal rights for girls in Pakistan.
Al Thawadi said, “Long after the winning team has lifted the trophy at the World Cup in 2022, the legacy of the tournament will resonate in the stories of Mahira and others who continue to strive for education — aided by the special power and potential of sport.”
Launched during Qatar’s successful bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2022, Generation Amazing seeks to aid communities with identified needs through a football-driven methodology and strategy of training.
Both on the pitch and in classrooms, the programme’s mission is to activate individuals’ skills in communication, teamwork and leadership for the benefit of the wider community. Generation Amazing has reached over 500,000 beneficiaries in Asia and the Middle East.