ADEE has long been committed to promoting Education across borders and boundaries. As a European Association that gathers Educators from diverse cultures and regions together, bound by the Association’s own Constitution to promote "greater understanding and communication” and the fostering of “co-operation among dental and medical educators”, we strongly repudiate the wave of terrorist attacks which have a single purpose of trying to instil fear and mistrust throughout Europe. Madrid, London, Paris, Ankara, Istanbul to name some examples and again today the heart of Europe: Brussels have all been the focus of attack. All these beautiful cities and their multicultural people have endured the terrible impact of terror for too long.
Malala Yousafzai, the Muslim Nobel Prize recipient known for her great quest of the ‘Right to Education for All’ said after the ignoble attack she suffered: ”The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born”.
ADEE believes in a multicultural Europe were differences are meant to be respected. We shall remain committed to the values of Education and Knowledge, for these should be regarded as the main tools against all ignorance-driven Fundamentalisms and Fear.” We strongly believe that a better world is possible, and we all have responsibility to contribute to building it.
Today our thoughts are with our many friends and colleagues from the fields of education, healthcare and the political arena who have made Brussels their home in the quest to deliver a better world. Remain strong and true to your vision of a Europe that embraces diversity, multiculturalism and respect for humanity.