UNICEF Canada

UNICEF Canada

October 02, 2007 16:16 ET

UNICEF Canada: Media Advisory-Afghanistan's Minister of Education in Toronto To Address a Public Forum on Education in His Country

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) - Media are invited to attend a public forum with His Excellency Mohammed Haneef Atmar, Minister of Education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Nigel Fisher, President & CEO, UNICEF Canada and former Deputy Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction in Afghanistan.

Hosted by UNICEF Canada, the event is entitled The Building Blocks of a Country's Future: A Forum on Education in Afghanistan. The forum will be moderated by Dr. Raymond Theberge, Director General, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada.

The purpose of this forum is to discuss the state of education in Afghanistan today, what progress has been made, what challenges are facing the educational system, and how a sustainable education system can be built in the country.



WHEN: October 4, 2007, 2:30 - 3:30pm
WHERE: Westin Harbour Castle, Regatta Room, 1 Harbour Square Toronto,


Media will be given an opportunity for interviews following the public Question Period.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Mohammed Haneef Atmar, Minister of Education, Afghanistan

In May 2006 Mohammed Haneef Atmar was sworn in as the Minister of Education after being approved by an overwhelming majority of the National Assembly. As one of the very few who has served in successive cabinets under President Karzai, he is equipped with valuable institutional experience and memory to take on the challenge of making available one of the most basic rights denied to a generation of Afghans - education.

Nigel Fisher, President & CEO, UNICEF Canada

Nigel Fisher joined UNICEF Canada as President & CEO on November 1, 2005. Prior to his appointment at UNICEF Canada, Mr. Fisher had served, since early 2002, in the capacity of Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, first as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction in Afghanistan and, most recently, as Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services. Earlier, Mr. Fisher worked with UNICEF for over 20 years in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as at UNICEF headquarters in New York.

Dr. Raymond Theberge, Director General, Council of Ministers of Education

Dr. Theberge has been Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) since June 2005. Dr. Theberge comes to CMEC from the Department of Education, Citizenship and Youth, Manitoba, where he was Assistant Deputy Minister of the Bureau de l'education francaise. He is also a former Dean of Education at St. Boniface College and holds a doctorate in linguistics from McGill University.

Contact Information

  • Media RSVP to:
    UNICEF Canada
    Karen Snider, Media Relations
    (416) 482-4444 ext 831
    Email: ksnider@unicef.ca