Posted on August 02, 2018

The Social Development Centre – Nama has concluded the second phase of its ‘Youth Capability Enhancement for Lifestyle’ programme, an initiative that seeks to help empower the youth.

The programme aims to enhance their self-confidence and abilities to help them overcome obstacles, and meet challenges that would assist them to become active and influential in society, Nama said in a statement. According to Nama, the programme is in line with its objectives derived from the vision of Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW), which aims to empower Qatar’s youth “to lead the future and brighten the way for the coming generations, and to proceed with the development process in the country.”

The two-day programme targeted 13- to 17-year-old male and female students to help them build self-confidence and responsibility, and to raise parents’ awareness of the importance of bridging the gap between parents and children. It also emphasised the need to build a positive relationship with children and reflect on their future. The event was delivered by Nama’s Community Services Department — Youth Capability Enhancement, while the workshops were led by trainers Mohamed al-Haidar and Rania Hidaya.

The programme provided young students with knowledge that would contribute positively to their preparation, development, and guidance towards proper thinking and planning, and to define their goals and their way of life to discover themselves. It also sought to educate parents with the necessary knowledge and expertise that would contribute to building and creating an environment conducive to making positive personalities. In its second phase which ran from July 8 to 19, the programme focused on the psychological, health, and life skills of students to help them believe in themselves and their abilities, and to gain self-confidence and develop their abilities and ideas.

Nama said the programme had a 40-hour duration using non-traditional methods of training, which followed the workshop format that focused more on the practical aspect rather than theoretical methods. The participants had the opportunity to apply the practical aspect through exercises and discussion to consolidate concepts and master the skills required to make intellectual change by raising questions during and after the exercises. “The programme depended on a number of important areas to achieve the desired goals like sparking the internal motivation of the students, enhancing country belonging and the desire to build it, and self-discovery of the future they wish to make,” Nama said.

The goals included evaluating their current life by considering all areas and prioritising what to improve, as well as focusing on improving speech skills, self-confidence, speaker qualities, and nonverbal communication such as body language and tone of voice, among others.

source: Gulf Times