Doha International Family Institute Executive Director: Qatar’s investment in children brings long-term profits | Mirror

The Doha International Family Institute plays a key role in its studies to support children and improve human capabilities by implementing policies specifically designed to promote learning and community protection.

DohaThe Executive Director of the Doha International Institute for the Family, dr. Sharifa Al-Emadi, stressed that the institute plays a key role through its studies in supporting children and families, and in improving human capabilities by implementing policies specifically designed to foster learning. and community protection, with knowledge of Qatar’s commitment to the effective inclusion of children’s rights in its legislation and institutions in a manner that is regular, systematic and transparent.

The International Conference on Child Support Lines – organized by the Center for Protection and Social Rehabilitation (Aman) in Doha over two days, with the participation of 30 international and regional organizations – came out with recommendations that accept investment in children and strengthen the social protection mechanism.

Al Emadi said – in an interview with Al Jazeera Net – that the state of Qatar’s investment in child support lines, through official agencies and various civilian employment bodies, is a protection for society and a guarantee for the future, because they are the hope for a better world.

Regarding her participation in the International Conference on Child Aid, dr. Al-Emadi explains that she presented a working document on the “Connect Your Family” initiative launched by the Aman Center, where the Institute studied the initiative and the challenges it faces, and transform them into policies and recommendations, and then present them to decision makers until they see the light of day. .

The following is the text of the interview:

Al-Emadi sees the Child Helpline Conference as a positive step in helping and promoting children’s rights (Al-Jazeera)
  • What is the importance of child support lines?

Children represent the future, and at the same time they form one of the most important concerns of the present, as they are the weakest group in society. Therefore, investing in children and programs of support and lines of support lies in the importance of laying the foundations for a just society, a stronger economy and a world free from poverty.

Investing in children is also one of the essential elements to ensure a world free of wars and a more tolerant and solidarity-based society.

  • Are there countries that need to support and promote children’s rights and investment?

Yes, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ensures that states take all appropriate legislative and administrative measures to ensure the child the protection and care necessary for his or her well-being, against all forms of discrimination and punishment.

When it comes to investing in children, it differs from one country to another. Although the child in principle has a wide range of rights, the laws and policies related to the rights of the child in this regard will remain empty promises unless countries allocate sufficient resources from their budgets.

  • What are the biggest challenges of child helplines?

The main challenges are changing the prevailing concepts, for ages, of parents, as well as the unsustainability of child helpline programs, especially as public spending is the most sustainable way in which services can be provided to children and the realization of their rights.

One of the biggest obstacles to the adequate, fair and effective realization of children’s rights – from the right to life and health to the right to adequate education and social protection – is the lack of adequate resources. Investing in children brings benefits to individuals. in the short term, but it It also brings benefits to societies in the long term.

The Child Support Lines conference witnessed a large local and international presence - Al Jazeera Net
The Child Support Lines Conference Witnessed a Large Local and International Presence (Al Jazeera)
  • How do you view Qatar’s investment experience in child support lines?

Doha is committed to effectively incorporating children’s rights into its legislation and institutions in a regular, systematic and transparent manner, and the state’s investment in this regard, through its numerous and numerous official bodies and civil action bodies, is a protection for society and a guarantee. for the future, because children are the hope for a better world.

Qatar is one of the leading countries that constantly strives to develop human capital through learning and development initiatives for all children in the country, as well as to mobilize available resources and use them effectively to serve the best interests of the child.

  • How was your participation in the International Conference on Child Relief in Doha?

Participation was good because I was among the keynote speakers and presented a working document entitled “Parents taking their children to school … Challenges and policy implications” about the “Connect Your Family” initiative launched by Aman Center , which great interaction and praise from the attendees.

  • What is the importance of the International Conference on Child Aid?

The conference is a positive step to help and promote children’s rights, especially as it includes regional and international participants as well as participants in the State of Qatar from various parties (civil society institutions and ministries), which will enrich the experience, especially with with regard to the exchange of experiences and the application of social protection mechanisms for children.

  • What is the idea of ​​the worksheet?

Children have been exposed to more cases of violence during the period of going back and forth from school, prompting the Doha International Family Institute to study the “Connect Your Family” initiative to identify the challenges that prevent its generalization, and to make recommendations to provide and policies that support it to decision makers.

The study included about 110 Qatari and non-Qatari mothers and fathers, and the percentage of those who took their children to school and brought them back was the largest group of the sample studied, whether Qatari or non-Qatari, while employment policies hindered for the group who did not take their children to school.

  • What is the importance of the “Connect Your Children” initiative, according to the worksheet?

The importance of parents accompanying their children to schools, according to the worksheet, lies in achieving the process of safety and reassurance for the children, as well as family cohesion between parents and children by providing an opportunity for constructive dialogue and investment. at this time. , in addition to improving children’s self-confidence and communicating with the school in an appropriate way on a daily basis.

  • What are the findings of the assignment?

According to the study, the working document achieved several recommendations, especially the provision of flexible work policies in the parents’ workplaces, including part-time work, remote work, flexibility in working hours during the working day, opportunities to stop for a long period during the working day to perform personal tasks, and the ability to work From home to fulfill family responsibilities, in addition to reducing school time in schools.

  • What is the fate of these recommendations that came out of the assignment?

This study is before the decision makers and the responsible authorities in the state, and we hope that you will see the recommendations and policies in the near future, especially as it addresses many of the negatives that the state may seek in the future. treats and spends a lot of money on.

We at the Doha International Family Institute receive great support from the state, and we are eager to issue recommendations and policies that support family cohesion, and then submit them to government committees for approval and implementation.

  • Are there any policies or recommendations of the institute that have been implemented on the ground?

Yes, this has already happened through the application of the recommendation to approve part-time work in the state of Qatar, in addition to the recommendation for flexible work that was applied during the period of the spread of the “Covid-19” pandemic.

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