Posted on May 11, 2017

Qatar Minister of Culture and Sports H.E. Mr Salah Bin Ghanim Al-Ali and Qatar Minister of Energy and Industry H.E. Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada honored the First Session of “Tajrebaty” Initiative, which was yesterday hosted by Qatar University (QU) at Ibn Khaldoon Hall.

Organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Qatar Youth Hostels Association, the event aimed to promote the role of youth in the development and growth of the human civilization through knowledge-sharing. It provided youth with a platform to exchange their ideas and experiences with the members of the community, which will enable them to realize their aspirations. H.E. Mr Salah Bin Ghanim Al-Ali and H.E. Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada were joined by QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, QU Director of Student Services and Activities Mr Abdulla Al-Yafei, “Tajrebaty” Initiative Founder Eng Ibrahim Al Sada, QU officials, faculty and staff, and students across QU colleges and Inclusion and Special Needs Support Center, as well as representatives of the local media.

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The program agenda included welcome speeches by Eng Ibrahim Al Sada on “The Concept Begins Here” and by student Ahmed AlHajery from QU College of Business and Economics on QU Special Needs Support Center. It also included discussions in which three guest speakers shared their personal experiences. IT Expert Dr Rashed Bin Ali Al-Kubaisi gave a talk on “Overcoming Challenges”, Health Culture Activist Ms Sabah Al Bahlani shared her experience on “Educating and Rehabilitating Children With Special Needs”, and Visual Artist Ms Safiya Al Bahlani gave a talk entitled “Art Speaks”.

Also on the program were the acknowledgement of guest speakers and the inauguration of “Arts Speaks” exhibition. In his remarks, Eng Ibrahim Al Sada said: “The "Tajrebaty" Initiative has been launched by the youth who believed in its mission and objectives. I strongly believe that this initiative serves as a platform for successful youth to share their ideas and inspire the society. I would like to thank Qatar University, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and Qatar Youth Hostels Association for making this event a great success.”

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Ahmed AlHajery said: “Disability is a motivation to maintain equality between the members of the society. My disability did not prevent me from achieving my ambitions and improving my talent. Through its Inclusion and Special Needs Support Center, Qatar University plays a pivotal role in providing the academic support to students with special needs. In addition, QU is working closely with local institutions to raise community awareness on the rights of individuals with special needs and to promote inclusion.” Dr Rashed Bin Ali Al-Kubaisi said: “We face life challenges on a daily basis. However, successful people have a strong determination to solve these challenges. We have to work hard to achieve our life goals.”

Ms Sabah Al Bahlani said: “I believe that early rehabilitation of children with special needs has a positive impact on their life. Families are responsible of identifying the special needs of their kids and should work hand-in-hand with experts to provide their children with the necessary assistance and to engage them in the society.” Ms Safiya Al Bahlani said: “Believing in yourself and in your abilities is the key of success. Challenges should not make our life harder; they are the source of inspiration that encourages us to create and to achieve our goals.”