Kuwaiti ambassador graces groundbreaking of Cultural Center and Learning Institute

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By Gideon C. Corgue (ALT/GCC/PIA9/ZamboSur)

PAGADIAN CITY (PIA) – The Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Waleed Ahmad Al-Kandari was honored to grace the ground-breaking ceremonies for the P100-M worth Kuwait Cultural Center and Learning Institute held in barangay Kalasan on March 5.

Al-Kandari was warmly welcomed by Abdulnasser Maulana, president of the Southeast Asia Development Committee Foundation, Inc. He was accompanied by Doctor Ahmad Hamou Al Jassa, vice president for Southeast Asia Committee and The Society of the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, and Engr. Jassim Abdul Razzaq Al Hasan, project director.

“I am very happy that we met and gathered here in Pagadian. I feel honored and humbled to witness the ground-breaking ceremony of the cultural projects,” Al-Kandari said.

Al-Kandari said he was also happy to have partnered with the Philippine government, city and provincial government, and Southeast Asia for Development Committee Foundation officials in the construction of these laudable projects.

The projects were realized because of the help of the Council of Ministers of Kuwait represented by the Ministry of Finance, Kuwaiti Embassy in Manila, and in partnership with the Southeast Asia for Development Committee Foundation.

“We hope that the cultural center will equip the young Muslim students with basic Islamic knowledge needed to successfully journey through some of the most important years of their life,” Al-Kandari explained.

“Undeniably, the study of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and other related subjects are important. But to be successful in life, we need to widen the knowledge of students and provide opportunities for research and learning particularly the Arabic language,” Al-Kandari said.

The Arabic language is considered as one of the top five most spoken languages in the world.

The ambassador said that the cultural center and learning institute envisions itself as one of the key players in producing competent graduates. “They will become successful business leaders, thus helping them uplift the living condition of their families.”

Al-Kandari said the initiative was considered as a model for the cultural relationship between the two countries, and would help strengthen the agreements signed between the leaders of Philippines and Kuwait.

It can be recalled that an Executive Program for Cultural Agreement was signed between President Benigno S. Aquino and His Highness Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Aj-Jaber Al-Sabah, the King of Kuwait on March 23, 2012 .

The agreement promotes the exchange of information, experience, and materials in the field of culture and the arts to enhance knowledge and understanding of each other’s culture. It is the implementing mechanism for the Cultural Agreement signed on September 14, 1997.