Safeguarding Children from Drug Abuse and Religious Extremist Rhetoric Remain Major Duties of Nation: President

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stated that teachers play a pivotal role in protecting younger generations and safeguarding them from the adverse and detrimental influences within the society. He made this statement in his written address to the nation in celebration of World Teacher’s Day, observed on 5 October every year. President Solih said that teachers and educators in the Maldives have undertaken a task broader than can be described with words, not only to educate children but also to protect and guide them on the path towards becoming productive members of society.

Conveying his best wishes to all teachers and educators in the Maldives on the happy occasion, President Solih extended his heartfelt gratitude and acknowledgement for their invaluable national service. He described the determination and diligence displayed by teachers in the Maldives during the Covid-19 pandemic, stating that the entire nation is beholden to them for their perseverance. What teachers do is more than a job, he said. They sacrifice their time, energy and interests to cultivate the young minds that are the future of our nation.

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President Solih highlighted that safeguarding younger generations from drug abuse and protecting them from exposure to religious extremist rhetoric remain two major duties of the nation as a whole. He stated that this can be achieved by ensuring that children understand and embody the holy tenets of Islam and follow healthy social etiquette.

Concluding his statement, President Solih prayed to Almighty Allah to bless the efforts of teachers and educators to nurture the future generations of the Maldives.

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