Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 August 2019

UAE fund to support projects promoting peaceful co-existence launches

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed announces Zayed International Fund for Co-existence

Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L) watches as Pope Francis (C) and Egypt's Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb sign documents during the Human Fraternity Meeting at the Founders Memorial in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019. Pope Francis rejected "hatred and violence" in the name of God, on the first visit by the head of the Catholic church to the Muslim-majority Arabian Peninsula. / AFP / Vincenzo PINTO
Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (L) watches as Pope Francis (C) and Egypt's Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb sign documents during the Human Fraternity Meeting at the Founders Memorial in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019. Pope Francis rejected "hatred and violence" in the name of God, on the first visit by the head of the Catholic church to the Muslim-majority Arabian Peninsula. / AFP / Vincenzo PINTO

A fund to support projects that promote peaceful co-existence worldwide was launched by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on Wednesday.

The Zayed International Fund for Co-existence will financially support initiatives that fulfil the points outlined in the Human Fraternity Document - signed by Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, and Dr Ahmad El Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, during their visit to Abu Dhabi this week.

Formed by order of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the fund will also support the development of school syllabuses that aim to instill values of human fraternity among pupils. It will also provide postgraduate scholarships to students who plan to conduct further research on the principles featured in the Human Fraternity Document.

The fund will sponsor teacher training courses so they may become true advocates of tolerance, mutual understanding and acceptance, reported state news agency Wam.

Under the UAE-based fund, annual reports and books - that will be translated into a variety of languages - will be produced, provided they promote the principles of the Document.

Updated: February 7, 2019 10:32 AM

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