Biddeford 19th September 2013: Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, wife of the Qatar’s former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, will receive George Bush award for Excellence in Public Service for her work promoting education and social reform.
Former President George H.W. Bush will present Sheikha Moza bint Nasser the award today during the George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture Series, at University of New England.
In a statement, the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation said: “For more than 15 years, Sheikha Moza has been a driving force behind education and social reforms in her country. These wide-ranging initiatives are aimed at preparing Qataris to compete in the global economy while building strong families and communities at home. Sheikha Moza also is active on the international stage, spearheading projects to promote peace and human development throughout the world.”
Sheikha Moza serves as chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Health and vice-chairman of the Supreme Council of Education from 2006 to 2012.
She will become the first female recipient of the George Bush award. The Former US President Ronald Reagan, former Secretary of Defence Robert M. Gates, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former US Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and former Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl are the past recipients of the Award.
Sheikha Moza has started multiple projects worldwide. They include the International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq, the Silatech initiative to address the growing challenge of youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa, and Protecting Education in Insecurity and Conflict, a policy research and advocacy organisation concerned with protecting the right to education in conflict-affected areas. She has launched the Educate A Child program in November last year .It aims at supporting 10 million out of school children across the world gain access to quality education by the end of 2015.
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