Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal, Ms. Felicity Volk inaugurated a Resource Centre at the Madrasa Shahabjia Secondary School in Biratnagar today.
Launching the Centre, Ambassador Volk said “Social inclusion underpins all Australian development activities in Nepal and the Australian Embassy is pleased to support expanded learning opportunities for girls and boys from the Muslim community in Biratnagar.”
“As in Australia, Nepal also has diverse ethnic and religious communities living side by side. Equal access to education, equal opportunity in all areas, encourages social harmony and national prosperity,” said the Australian envoy adding, “It is vital that girls as well as students from traditionally marginalised communities are able to achieve equitable learning outcomes.”
Ambassador Volk said, “When we understand each other, we can walk in each other’s shoes. This promotes peace and prosperity in our communities, nationally and globally.”
The Resource Centre, established through the Embassy’s Australian Alumni Public Diplomacy Fund, was conceived by Australia Awards alumna, Ms. Shehnaz Ansari.
The Centre is equipped with a library to encourage good reading habits and support understanding of different cultures and geography, said the press release.
During the event, the Ambassador congratulated Ms. Ansari, representing the Association of Nepalese Alumni from Australia (ANAA), for ANAA’s success in promoting networks and friendship between Australia and Nepal.
She also thanked Headmaster Imam Haider for supporting high quality education for girls and boys in the Madrasa, it reads.