Sheikha Fatima calls for solutions to early childhood learning issues in areas of stress and conflict

ABU DHABI, 5th December, 2018 (WAM) -- H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), called for discussions on early childhood learning issues in areas of stress and conflict.

She also stated that this problem is a concern for families, the community, and countries affected by conflicts because it leaves behind thousands of children.

In her speech, which was given on her behalf by Reem Abdullah Al Falasi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, during the launch of the first high-level dialogue hosted by the UAE on learning in early childhood stage and promoting early childhood in afflicted areas, Sheikha Fatima stressed that learning in these areas was only recently re-established due to the harsh circumstances affecting children.

During the session, which was held today at the GWU’s headquarters, she added that the UAE aims to create the ideal health and educational environment for children of all ages, and is keen to create one vision for its health, humanitarian and educational authorities, to choose programmes and priorities for developing early childhood.

"We must highlight current challenges and suggest solutions for integrating the concepts of ‘developing early childhood’ and ‘learning in the early childhood stage’ during humanitarian crises, as well as for managing organisations and preparing for the ‘The Partnership for Maternal, New-born and Child Health Forum, PMNCH, which will be hosted by the government of India in New Delhi on 13th and 14th December," she further added.

She said that the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood is working with its strategic partners to improve the health and welfare of women, girls and children who are aggrieved by the violence and struggle.

The UAE is currently evaluating the size of the "early childhood" stage which the scientists and experts of child development consider one of the most important stages in people’s lives, as it provides a mixture of health, nutrition, motivation and paternal care which determines the future of children’s lives, in addition to the economic and social welfare on the long-term for their communities.

The dialogue began with the arrival of Hessa Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development;Jameela Al Muheiri, Minister of State for Public Education, and a number of officials and representatives of the relevant international organisations, and experts in early childhood development.

A number of experts of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood’s partners, consisting of the Emirates Red Crescent, Dubai Cares, and H.R.H Princess Sarah Zeid, who champions the health of mothers, newborns, and children, spoke about the importance of providing nutrition, health, and early learning.

The speakers thanked the UAE, Sheikha Fatima, and the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for hosting this important conference. They said that Sheikha Fatima has an excellent role in caring for mothers and children, and, therefore, they are optimistic about the success of this important dialogue which discusses vital issues related to mothers and children.

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