Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser's activities in Geneva on March 28, 2018


Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of the “Education Above All” Foundation and SDG advocate, joined the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi and other experts at a high-level forum organized by EAA in cooperation with UNHCR. The event was held at the United Nations Office in Geneva on 28 March 2018 under the theme: “Quality Education for a Sustainable Future: A comprehensive Approach for Refugees and Internally Displaced People”.

During the panel discussion, Sheikha Moza spoke about the barriers disrupting learning for refugees and internally displaced children, and preventing them from contributing to their communities, saying “We must prioritize education as it is a tool that can equip children for their future and for the present as well”.

She added: “We need to mobilize for a global approach to remove all institutional barriers for validating and recognizing education of refugees.”

She continued“Unfortunately, today armed conflicts are increasingly targeting what we are all doing and destroying what we are building… We should have one voice to stop any enablers of armed conflict especially through stricter enforcement of UN sanctions.”

Her Highness also met with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, at the ICRC headquarters in Geneva. Her Highness and Mr. Maurer discussed the protection of education in conflict and post-conflict areas through a potential partnership with Education Above All.

Following the meeting, they toured the permanent exhibition at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, which explores the major humanitarian challenges in today's world, including efforts at "Defending Human Dignity" and "Restoring Family Links."

On the same occasion, Her Highness met with the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Mr. Thomas Bach. During the meeting, Her Highness and Mr. Bach explored avenues of collaboration between Education Above All and the Olympic Refugee Foundation to enable greater access to sports facilities and activities for refugees.