The conference is organized under the Patronage of HH Sheikha Mozah, First Lady of Qatar, who has been supporting the Iraqi education system with UNESCO since 2003 through the establishment of the International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq, and in cooperation with the International Committee for Solidarity with Iraqi Academics.
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser al Missned
“I think all of us in the universe both Arabs and others are fully concerned with solidarity with students, graduates, educationalists in Iraq, since all are a strategic depth of the Arab and human intellect. I believe it is our duty and the duty of UNESCO which guards the world educational conscience to strive to find mechanisms to activate this solidarity.”
UNESCO conference on literacy challenges in the Arab Region (March 2007).
As Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and President of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser al Missned has spearheaded activities and projects in basic and higher education, establishing several high quality, non-profit private schools and learning institutions for children and young people in Qatar.
Her Highness also works on an international level to raise the standards of education around the world. As UNESCO's Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, her projects include the International Fund for Iraqi Higher Education, established in 2003 to help the reconstruction of institutions in Iraq.
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The International Committee for Solidarity with Iraqi Academics
Since 2003, Iraq continues to count its dead. In particular, more than 250 Iraqi scientists and academics have been assassinated in unclear circumstances, paying with their lives for their commitment to knowledge and culture.
The reconstruction of Iraq, for which the international community has agreed to pay huge sums, is still awaited because an essential issue is being ignored: the human capital.
Since its inception in March 2006, the International Committee for Solidarity with Iraqi Academics is working with the Iraqi authorities, neighbouring countries, civil society and international organizations to offer concrete solutions to help a vocation in jeopardy.
With the assassination of the Iraqi elite, which deprives the country of its main asset, the Committee launched on March 16th 2006, in Geneva, Paris and New York, an international appeal for the promotion and protection of Iraqi academics and scientists, asking the Iraqi authorities, multinational forces and other key partners involved to take all possible measures to ensure security and material conditions for Iraqi students to benefit from access to free and independent knowledge.
The International Committee for Solidarity with Iraqi scholars and their elected representatives in all universities of the country finally welcomed the interest shown by the international community for the daily struggle of thousands of Iraqi scientists.