(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) A number of international education experts on Sunday lauded the role of the UNESCO/Amir Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.
Kuwait offers outstanding contributions to the global efforts to care for this segment of society and promote awareness about their role in society, unlike some other countries, said a press release by the public relations and information department of the Ministry of Education quoting the experts on eve of the award-giving ceremony of the Prize for 2014.
Susanna, the Armenian winner of the Prize, expressed gratitude to the State of Kuwait for the support to this segment of people and their integration in their respective societies.
She highlighted the importance of ensuring equal rights for the persons with special needs and gender equality across the globe.
She voiced joy for representing her country in the award-giving ceremony.
On his part, Jordon Porter, the Canadian winner, said the Prize encourages the efforts geared to ensure quality education for persons with disability.
He called for more concerted efforts between the governments and the civil society organizations to foster the talents of disabled persons and provide them with quality education on equal footing with normal persons. Meanwhile, director of UNESCO regional office in Sharjah, UAE Dr. Saif Al-Hajri said the Prize has a noble significance, noting that naming it after the late Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber testifies to the role of the Kuwait leadership in meeting the aspirations of this segment of people.
The Prize, established in 2002, is awarded on a biannual basis to two individuals, organizations, or centers that have contributed to the promotion of inclusive quality education for persons with intellectual disabilities.