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Federal children’s council proposed

Sharjah council members call for new federal initiative for innovative vision

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Dubai: The members of the Sharjah Children’s Council (SCC) have proposed the establishment of a “UAE Federal Children’s Council” to champion the cause of children in the country.

The proposal was put forward during the fourth and closing session of the 14th edition of the SCC that held on Thursday under the theme, ‘We Creatively Innovate Our UAE’. It was organised by the Sharjah Children Centres at Expo Centre coinciding with the UAE’s Innovation Week.

The SCC endorsed the establishment of the federal council with the aim of producing a more unified ideology and innovative vision to addressing challenges and series of topics headed by elected-youngsters across all seven emirates.

The new council would act as a key communication bridge between children in the UAE and major local councils such as the Arab Children’s Parliament, as well as the Federal National Council (FNC) which can study national children-related discussions and proposals highlighted by the new council.

Held under the patronage of Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, the session was dedicated to discussing the fundamentals needed to instill innovation in children, and the importance of developing and investing in both children and country.

The session was attended by Reem BinKaram, Director of the Sharjah Children Centres; Aisha Salem Ahmad Bin Samnuh, Member of the Federal National Council; Eisa Yousuf Al Suwaidi, chairman of International Toastmasters, Arabian Toastmasters Club; Marwa Al Aqroubi, president of the UAEBBY Executive Board; Aisha Hamad Maghawir, secretary-general of the Arab Children’s Book Publishers; and Waheeda Abdul Aziz, member of the Sharjah Consultative Council, in addition to 54 young council members of the SCC. The session was chaired by Jameela Hassan Al Zaabi, president of the SCC.

During her speech at the fourth session of the 14th Sharjah Children’s Council, BinKaram thanked all young council members on behalf of Shaikha Jawaher and reflected on her pride of working with the most elite and brightest of youngsters from Sharjah, the UAE and the rest of the Arab region.