Twelve-year-old Adam Jade Kadia called on his peers, fellow students, and youth, as the leaders of future generations, to work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the launch of his new book 17 SDGs held at IPI-MENA in collaboration with the Gulf Petrochemicals Industries Company (GPIC), Supreme Council for Women (SCW) and Representatives of the Shura Council (Senate) of the Kingdom of Bahrain on January 24th.
IPI-MENA Director Nejib Friji opened the book launch that coincided with the International Day of Education, and strongly reaffirmed the key role of education in IPI’s strategy to promote the Culture and Education for Peace.
“Students, children, and youth are the custodians of peace and culture,” he stressed, highlighting the fundamental need to nurture them and build on their existing knowledge and practices.
He called on educators, nurtures, and parents to support children and youth, emphasizing the importance of building a peace culture from within communities and homes, and educational institutional efforts.
“I urge the educational institutions to streamline the Culture of Peace throughout different curricula, from primary and secondary to postgraduate endeavors,” he stated.
Reiterating the importance of youth in a culture of peace, Adam Kadia stressed, “we are the future generations, and if we do nothing, the world will not change.”
Underlining the importance of each Sustainable Development Goal, Adam explained the inspiration behind his book entitled 17 SDGs as wanting to share the message of peace, respect, tolerance and understanding with his peers.
“These Sustainable Development Goals are like a roadmap, we can use these goals to get to the place we want be,” he stated, adding that they apply to all members of the international community.
Calling on local, regional, and international organizations in the Middle East to undertake more youth-related programs, Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, President of the Gulf Petrochemicals Industries Company (GPIC), highlighted the refreshing creativity and innovation young children can bring in sustaining peace and development.
He stressed the key role private and public sectors can play by providing a rich and positive environment that will unlock the untapped potential of youth to explore fields of talent for the service of peace and sustainable development.
Dr. Fatima Al Kooheji, Chairperson of the Shura Council’s Women and Child Affairs Committee, underlined the importance of national legislation in providing opportunities to encourage the youth and the responsibility governments have in supporting future generations through education.
Concluding the book launch, Supreme Council for Women Representative Sheikha Dina bint Rashid Al Khalifa, Director General for Policies and Development, stressed the ability of children to think outside the box and how that can build on the efforts and contributions of past generations in addressing the interconnected complexities of the SDGs.
“The main question we will all walk away from is what we can do, how can every one of us in our own lives work towards implementing the SDGs, and how can we inspire others, how can we make a difference in our communities and societies,” she stated.
Following the launch, a debate took place where all the children, representing nine different schools, interacted actively, mainly on their roles to advocate and implement the SDGs.
“Global Day of Education marked,” The Daily Tribune, Bahrain, January 26, 2019