Aqdar World Summit issues "World Declaration of Moral Education"

ABU DHABI, 23rd November, 2017 (WAM) -- The participants of the three-day Aqdar World Summit, which was held under the patronage of H.H. Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, have issued the "World Declaration of Moral Education," at its conclusion in Abu Dhabi.

The World Declaration of Moral Education calls for the establishment of specialist national institutions and organisations to deal with the issues of extremism and corruption, through academic and scientific methods and based on future foresight, to identify the morals and values that assist in countering ideological extremism and moral corruption.

The declaration, which was delivered by Colonel Dr. Ibrahim Al Dabal, General Coordinator of the Summit, also called on the world’s countries to co-operate in protecting future generations and face global challenges, through partnerships between international governments, the private sector and the entire community. It also highlighted the key role of the United Nations, UN, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO.

Al Dabal highlighted the joint responsibility between governments, cultural, religious and social organisations and the private sector to strengthen the world’s youth and counter extremist ideologies and moral corruption.

The declaration affirmed the importance of launching a website that will gather experts, specialists and those concerned about moral education, to offer their recommendations, advice, studies and opinions about the strategies and programmes that support and strengthen moral education, as a starting point to combatting social, political, economic and religious ills, as well as launching an international competition, titled, "International Moral Education."

The declaration further highlighted the necessity of promoting civilised dialogue, planning global initiatives and co-operating to face the issues that can damage humanitarian values and good morals, which have separated families and corrupted moral values. It also stressed the importance of establishing higher social values and strengthening moral education.

The declaration supported the calls of international organisations, such as the UN, UNESCO, the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, and regional and national organisations, to prepare and develop a moral education curriculum, as well as encourage countries to benefit from the exceptional knowledge of certain countries in the area of moral education.

The participants praised the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to adopt a moral education curriculum in the country’s schools, as well as his remarkable role in strengthening and spreading the culture of tolerance, the principles of rights and justice, and other ideologies that benefit people and humanity.

Aqdar World Summit is the first ever platform created for people from all over the world on moral education. The Summit was held from the 21st – 23rd of November 2017 in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

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