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  March 16, 2004

The government of Qatar has contributed $30,000 to the Inter-American Children’s Institute, which will use the funds to produce a video on the right to education. The Uruguay-based Organization of American States (OAS) institute is working on a video series covering issues related to human rights or children’s rights.

Ambassador Bader Omar Al Dafa, Qatar’s Permanent Observer to the OAS, presented the check to Assistant Secretary General Luigi Einaudi, with the Children’s Institute’s Director General, Alejandro Bonasso, among those on hand for the ceremony.

“A people enabled by knowledge can envision and empower their lives, making real what was once only an ideal,” Ambassador Al Dafa stated, underscoring his government’s commitment to education initiatives. “Education is fundamental to all social and economic development,” he added, saying the government was very grateful for the opportunity to contribute towards this important cause.

Assistant Secretary General Einaudi declared, “This donation is one that touches us greatly, in part because it is directly related to the commitment of the government of Qatar to education.”

Noting that education is an area “of substantial deficit” in many areas of the Americas, Einaudi said the donation is all the more appreciated, and “because the Inter-American Children’s Institute… is one of the most active and effective institutes of the OAS but still needs every bit of support and encouragement that it can get.”

In an interview after the ceremony, Dr. Bonasso expressed underlined Qatar’s ready response to help finance production of the educational videos. He said the contribution reflects confidence in the Institute’s work in a region with half of the population under the age of 18, “…and half of that [under 18] population is living in poverty.”

Reference: E-039/04