The Manara Center was established with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as a flagship partner to help deliver important educational programs. Wam reports that immediate priorities will include building relationships with universities in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, promoting peace and prosperity through coexistence around the world, and providing specialized training for university students and young learners.
The announcement was made in the presence of Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and Country Director, based on years of close cooperation between the UAE and ADL; Dr Ali Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Manara Centre, and members of the ADL leadership delegation.
“We are delighted to be partnering with ADL, one of the best organizations in the world that promotes peace, dismantles stereotypes and brings people together from diverse backgrounds,” said Dr Al Nuaimi.
With a founding board of leading global experts dedicated to this work, the Center will be led by Dr Al Nuaimi as Chair. Dr Al Nuaimi is a leading global voice in combating extremism and promoting inclusion. Jonathan Greenblatt will represent ADL on the board.
“ADL has 100 years of expertise in combating the roots of anti-Semitism and hatred in all its forms. We are honored that ADL is a key player in providing educational programs for this incredible effort,” Greenblatt said. The Center is a continuation of the process of peace and coexistence in the Middle East, building on the historic achievements of the region. We look forward to continuing our work in the years to come to bring people together in innovative ways.”
ADL will work closely with center staff to establish, enhance and deploy a comprehensive and tested plan to facilitate coexistence. Planning will include the development of educational materials designed to promote acceptance; exchanges and meetings of students from various countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia with relevant educational institutions in the region; and person-to-person interactions centered on university students.
The program will also include research reports with comprehensive data and best practice guidelines, as well as a high-profile final speech competition held annually in Abu Dhabi.
“The center will serve as a model for the region, reflecting the shared values of the UAE and the United States, including a commitment to promoting peace and coexistence, as well as creating opportunities for the region’s youth,” said Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States.
Once launched, the first educational programs will begin in August 2023.