Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, FNC, praised the initiative of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, in launching the headquarters of the Arab Children’s Parliament and its General Secretariat.
She stated that the initiative will strengthen the UAE’s international stature as a leader in investing in the people and a supporter of children in the Arab world, while noting that children are the resource of the future, and the UAE has always been keen to ensure children’s rights and support childhood.
The hosting of the Arab Children’s Parliament crowns the country’s efforts to care for the people, who are prioritised by the wise leadership, she added.
“We thank H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi for his role in promoting political awareness and culture among the youth, not only in the UAE, but also throughout the Arab world,” Dr. Al Qubaisi said, while highlighting Sharjah’s pioneering role in the Arab world in establishing a parliament for children.
She added that children in Sharjah are receiving the attention of Sheikh Sultan, and are an integral part of its development and civilisation, while noting that the emirate launched, in 1997, the Sharjah Children’s Parliament, which led to the establishment of the Sharjah Children’s Shura Council.
Al Qubaisi also praised the support of the Arab League for the parliament, while asserting that the league’s efforts to care for children is an investment in an Arab future.
She affirmed that the UAE’s hosting, in Sharjah, of the permanent headquarters of the parliament, which is a branch of the Arab League, will enhance the UAE’s stature in the area of consultation, which was established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and will support the development of Arab childhood.
“The parliament is a platform for children to express their opinions, which will raise their awareness of parliamentary work, strengthen the culture of dialogue, ensure the future of Arab parliamentary work, and encourage the participation of children and youth, as today’s children are tomorrow’s youth, who are the pillars of the future, so training them from childhood to participate in parliamentary work will create qualified youth,” she said.