Speeches and Statements

Fatima bint Mubarak : UAE attaches great importance to the child welfare and well-being

ABU DHABI 13 November 2020

The Ministry of Education is launching, on Saturday, the 4th National Bullying Prevention Week to raise awareness on bullying across the UAE in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and in partnership with more than 28 federal and local entities.

Running until 21st November, the nationwide campaign is organised under the patronage 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.

The campaign will address the electronic phenomena of bullying among school students at various educational levels and qualify them on how to deal with it and methods of prevention, explain the relationship between COVID-19 and cyberbullying, correct intervention methods, and the role of professionals in educational institutions in leading programmes to prevent bullying.

The event includes 54 virtual workshops for 64 educational institutions, targeting public and private schools and government and private higher education institutions as well. The campaign also targets parents, administrators, teachers, nurses, bus supervisors, drivers, cleaners, workers in school canteens and all members of society.

H.H. Sheikha Fatima emphasised that the UAE attaches great importance to the child welfare and well-being by enacting legislations, issuing policies, establishing mechanisms and setting up systems and procedures to ensure the child's right to live in a safe environment and stimulate his physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.

"The concerted efforts of the federal and local institutions and civil society to address the phenomenon of bullying and raising awareness about it underscore the endeavour of the country to ensure that the best interests of the child are above any consideration to protect his rights and guarantee his well-being and safety of growth," Sheikha Fatima said in a statement ahead of the launch of the event.

"During the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the world, changes have taken place that has had a profound impact on everyone, especially children, and with the application of the distance learning and remote work system, we see the pivotal role that the internet plays in the continuation of the learning process. This makes us more alert to the phenomenon of bullying in the digital space."

Sheikha Fatima praised the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood Award for the Prevention of Bullying in Schools, which aims to strengthen efforts to provide a safe school environment for children.

She added that the "Fatima bint Mubarak Motherhood and Childhood Research Centre", based at the UAE University, aims to achieve the goals of the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Centennial 2071 related to motherhood and childhood development, through creating a database of information useful in the decision-making process and improving national and international childhood indexes.