Arab News – Culture and Information Minister Adel Al-Toraifi has underscored the importance of values in education of children, saying that they are the future leaders of the country.
“Children will take over from their elders at the helm of government. They are the future builders of the nation,” he said during the closing ceremony of the Universal Children’s Day Festival at the King Fahd Cultural Center here on Friday.
The minister said that the closure of the event came in conjunction with the celebration of the World International Children’s Day. He said the event marks the signing of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child on Nov. 20 as the day of fraternity and understanding between the child of the world and action to combat violence against children and their exploitation.
“The efforts of the ministry in this regard are in cooperation with various bodies and organizations in projects such as festivals of interest to the welfare of the child mentally, physically and morally,” he said.
“All these thrusts and endeavors have been conceived and designed to encourage children to be creative and aspire for excellence in art and culture,” he said.
Al-Toraifi said the efforts that his ministry and various bodies and organizations have exerted come within the directives of the Saudi leadership. “We thank Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the success we have achieved so far.”
The minister said the achievement of a glorious future for the children stems from the awareness of the great importance of nurturing Islamic values and authentic Arabic culture.
“The ministry has worked hard in efforts to raise Islamic awareness in education and building values and ethics and conducting cultural projects suitable for children through community outreach programs,” he said.
Al-Toraif thanked all those who helped in making the program a success and urged the audience to continuously participate in the cultural programs of the ministry.