Call to empower youth to face challenges

Call to empower youth to face challenges

 14 Aug 2017 - 2:11

Call to empower youth to face challenges

Participants at the International Youth Day jointly organised by Qatar Red Crescent and Qatar Youth Hostels .

Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) and Qatar Youth Hostels (QYH) marked the International Youth Day under the title of ‘Youth Building Peace’ on Saturday at Marriott Hotel.
The event was attended by Slah Salhi, Ambassador of Tunisia, Yasser Khalaf Allah Khadir, Ambassador of Sudan and Monir Abdulla Ali Ghannam, Ambassador of Palestine to Doha.
A public seminar was held to discuss the role of youth in building peace. Dr Issa Al Horr, Head of Youth Activities, Ministry of Culture and Sports; Eng. Mohamed bin Mahdi Al Yami, Executive Manager of QYH; and Suhaim Al Abdullah, volunteer with QRCS were the guest speakers at the event.
Nepal, Sudan, India and Palestine were four countries representing their rich culture at the stalls which were installed at the event.
Talking to The Peninsula, Al Yami said during the event: “Through my knowledge and education youth plays an important role world wide. Today we have reached to 1.3 million young people all around the world and we expect it to increase by 7%. Age segment all around the world does not matter in the characterisation of being young. A young person comprises of a lot of passions within himself, if a person is aged and has a passion of doing his work he or she is considered to be young-forever. We live in a country which is secure and peaceful. Living in such environment youth is capable of achieving and chasing their dreams.”
“International Youth Day is a reminder for 3,500 QYH members that we as a team work for them and their better future. The leaders of this country care for both nationals and residents. All the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 are targeted at everyone living in Qatar,” he added.

Participants at the International Youth Day jointly organised by Qatar Red Crescent and Qatar Youth Hostels .

Mohammad Alobadi, an official from Tamkeen said: “Tamkeen means (Our Hope) a programme which comes under the umbrella of ROTA. We conduct a special three month long youth programme which takes place once an year. This mainly focuses on Qatar vision 2030. We enhance the qualities and skills that already exists in our youth. 18-25 aged young people can participate in this initiative.”
In a video speech, Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Office at Geneva, commended QRCS’s celebration of the International Youth Day, as a globally recognised occasion.
Al Mansouri said: “Undoubtedly, the world is facing huge challenges that requires concerted efforts from everyone, particularly the youth. Today, we have 1.8 billion young women and men in the world. There is a pressing need for good education, adequate training, employment opportunities, access to health care, and protection against violence and exploitation.”
“Risks are not limited to the home or school environment; modern technology has created good and bad influences. So, it is imperative to promote dialogue, listen to the youth, prepare young leaders, and invest in their energy,” he added.
“We in QRCS work hard to empower the youth to engage actively in public activities, pursuing sustainable human development in Qatar, in conformity with Qatar National Vision 2030,” said Issa Mohamed Al Ishaq, Director of Communication at QRCS during the event.
Dr Al Horr explained that the young women and men engaged by youth centres now are much more than those engaged five years ago. “Partnership agreements were held between youth centres and malls to open youth incubators at public places. The same is done by Ministry of Education at schools”.
Al Abdullah sent a message to his peers: “Convenience is good, but striving in life is what helps you change yourself to a better one.”

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