Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend , corr A.Ismayilova / The First ladies of Azerbaijan, Lebanon and Syria yesterday praised Qatar's initiatives in the last few years for revamping its educational sector at the inaugural session of the UNESCO Regional Conference in support of Global Literacy.
Aliyeva, the Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, pointed out that it was a matter of major concern that more than 100 million children around the world did not have access to elementary education,
Gulf Times newspaper wrote.
Citing Qatar as perhaps the most dynamically developing nation not only in the region, but also in the world, Aliyeva said that its improved educational reforms contributed remarkably to Qatar's economic progress in recent years.
The Azerbaijan representative said it was heartening indeed to learn of Qatar's new educational experiments and innovations. "It is a matter of pride for the country that a number of new generation schools and foreign universities have begun to function in the country," she said.
Aliyeva said she was hopeful that more centres of higher learning levels would emerge in Qatar within the next few years.
Recalling that the biggest handicap of her country in the last century was its low level of literacy, Aliyeva said Azerbaijan overcame that hurdle many years ago and now boasted a 98% literacy.