Huawei has always recognized and attached great importance to boost education in all the areas it operates. This is in recognition of strong education as the foundation of a country’s prosperous future. Huawei therefore strongly supports the international Day to Protect Education from Attack and in Kenya, the company has been doing this by lighting up its office building in white color from September 8 to 10 in response to the September 9 in response to the day which draws more international attention to those children who don’t have proper access to education due to conflicts.
Huawei Technologies LLC has also collaborated with Education for All Foundation, UNCESCO & UNICEF on raising social awareness on the importance of safeguard education in armed conflict across the world.
The September 9 International Day to Protect Education from Attack was established by a unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly, calling on UNESCO and UNICEF to raise awareness of the plight of millions of children living in countries affected by conflict. The resolution proclaiming the Day was presented by the State of Qatar and co-sponsored by 62 countries.
Around the world, attacks on children continue unabated, as warring parties flout one of the most basic rules of war: the protection of children. The protracted nature of conflicts today is affecting the futures of entire generations of children. Without access to education, a generation of children living in conflict will grow up without the skills they need to contribute to their countries and economies, exacerbating the already desperate situation for millions of children and their families.
A child’s right to education cannot be safeguarded in conflict zones without education itself being protected. Education can be a life-saver. Out of school, children are easy targets of abuse, exploitation and recruitment by armed forces and groups. School should provide a safe space where children can be protected from threats and crises. It is also a critical step to breaking the cycle of crisis and reduces the likelihood of future conflicts.
In the virtual event organized on September 9 International Day to Protect Education from Attack, world-renown figures in public and private sectors, such as Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Education Above All Foundation and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General United Nations, etc. have joined hands together to mark the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.