April 6, 2006

Round table held at Heydar Aliyev Foundation upon presentation of the second phase of `New school to new Azerbaijan` Program

Round Table was held on April 6 at Heydar Aliyev Foundation upon presentation of the second phase of `New school to new Azerbaijan` Program. Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, President of the Foundation, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, MP, opened the event in which were present reps of the government, embassies, international humanitarian organizations and NGOs.

Then the floor was given to education minister Misir Merdanov, deputy premier Abid Sharifov, director of `Azerdovletbashlayihe` Institute Yashar Mirzazade, UNICEF representative to Azerbaijan Hana Singer.

Summarizing the event President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva said:

Thanks a lot. The Foundation is always ready to the cooperation. We have declared we are ready to every kind of cooperation - with public or non-public body, or diplomatic corps.

At present Heydar Aliyev Foundation develops a program on construction of such schools in the first phase for Azerbaijani schoolchildren living outside the country, in Russia, Georgia. This is the first stage of the wide program. We will talk of this in detail in future meetings. Thanks for suggestions.

Dear friends! Lastly I express my gratitude to the constructors, employees of the project institute, public organizations, NGOs, businessmen. They rendered very big help and this project was implemented due to our joint attempts. First phase of `New School to New Azerbaijan` Program showed the position of Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the society, and basically, created a big confidence. Many problems are settled, many works done if there is will, desire. So I am confident the second stage also will successfully end. We will continue our works in this direction and have big successes in future. Thank you so much!

Then, old and new buildings of the schools constructed last year, as well the current state of schools construction of which will begin this year, new projects were displayed on the monitor.

Participants of Round Table were familiarized with culture and education projects of the Foundation, books, the exhibition of manuals and school appliances.