Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council, has reinforced the important of inclusive education at the "Exchange Students Forum 2018"event in Abu Dhabi.
, "Our late father Sheikh Zayed, may God have mercy on him, used to say: "I want all the children of the Gulf to learn, and I want them to build their own countries themselves, using their knowledge. This is why we send our students to all parts of the world, to learn. Upon their return to their country, I would have accomplished my dearest wish and hope, to elevate the stature of the Gulf and its land."
Sheikh Abdullah added, "I am certain that if he were to see you, he would be extremely proud. To the new students among you who are about to set off on a journey to complete their studies. Enjoy every day" because you are about to experience the most beautiful days of your life, and the greatest diversity life has to offer. You will succeed and you may fail, you may rejoice or feel sad, and everything you encounter throughout these years will be a lesson other than those you will learn at university. Often times, we learn from such lessons more than we would from books."
He reaffirmed, "I hope you mingle with others, learn about their cultures, history and customs. Do not limit yourselves to your own community: go out and discover life, because the maturity of a woman or a man is only measured by the quality of people they mingle with throughout their lives.