Foreword from H.E. Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Al Qasimi

The Future of a Nation

Forty- five years ago, inspired by the far-reaching vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the emirate acknowledged that the children of today would be the leaders of tomorrow. Driven by this vision of nurturing a new generation, Sharjah put the progress of society and the value of community at the top of its priorities.

Children would ultimately be responsible for not just maintaining, but enhancing and developing the emirate's achievements. To prepare the next generation for these commitments, Sharjah focused on building and broadening children's abilities, fostering their talents and providing them with the knowledge and the necessary tools, resources and surroundings essential for them to pave the way for a better future.

The emirate's efforts in providing childcare and a friendly, healthy environment is part of a deep and comprehensive vision that involves a wide range of strategies, policies, projects, initiatives and campaigns that work together to keep children as the main focus in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Sharjah’s future will not be determined by coincidence, luck or chance; it will bear the fruit of the seeds we planted through our children in the past. It truly is a case of reaping today what we sewed yesterday, where every inspirational idea, combined effort and unwavering commitment will come into fruition.

Sharjah aims to be at the forefront of a unified government approach and promote global efforts to provide the highest level of protection and welfare for children, ensuring they enjoy the benefits of life in a secure, happy and progressive environment.

The vision has become a reality through an all-inclusive system that offers younger members of society the support they need from birth until they become independent and productive young adults, who serve themselves, their community and their country.

And from Sharjah, the baby-friendly city, we will continue to work collectively to build upon our previous achievements and provide further support, care and welfare to every child in the emirate, so that the smiling emirate will retain its status as the perfect model for a prosperous future.