ABU DHABI, 19th November, 2018 (WAM) -- Geert Cappelaere, Regional Director of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, UNICEF, in the Middle East and North Africa, praised the efforts of 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), to support children and women in the UAE and around the world.
During his visit today to the headquarters of the Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys in Abu Dhabi, Cappelaere highlighted the UAE’s leading role in implementing local and international childhood and humanitarian initiatives, as well as its support for UNICEF’s local, regional and international programmes, projects and initiatives, which aim to guarantee the rights of children around the world.
He also noted the cooperation between the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and UNICEF’s office in the UAE in implementing joint programmes to support children’s rights, as well as Sheikha Fatima’s support for UNICEF’s office and its international humanitarian efforts.
He expressed UNICEF’s appreciation for Sheikha Fatima, especially her sponsorship of international humanitarian initiatives and her ongoing support for children.
Cappelaere is currently visiting the UAE to attend the "Fatima bint Mubarak Award for Motherhood and Childhood," which reflects the cooperation between the UAE and UNICEF in promoting children’s rights around the world.
"I was happy to visit the academy today, where I got to know a group of students and reviewed the academy’s efforts to prepare the Emirati manpower," Cappelaere said while thanking the academy’s administration.
Cappelaere and his delegation toured the academy’s buildings and listened to an explanation about its academic and training curriculums, which aim to create future generations of Emiratis who are capable of handling their responsibilities. They also toured its departments and scientific and research facilities, learnt about the equipment used in classes, and met with some of the academy’s students.