Posted on March 17, 2018

Organized by Education Above All (EAA) Foundation’s programme, Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), the second day of Empower Youth Conference 2018, Qatar’s largest annual youth gathering, was packed with activities for the 450 youth taking part in the three-day event. It included insightful practical sessions in the form of workshops, panel discussions and inspirational speeches by influential personalities.  

The day began with workshops survey instructions, then an interactive activity on the objectives of sustainable development, especially the fourth goal of education, where each group was asked to study the issue and propose solutions from a youth perspective, followed by a variety of workshops. In addition, a 20 minutes short film ‘Al-Johara’ by Nora Al-Subai, Qatari Writer and Director, was also featured during the event. Thereafter, Community Engagement Manager, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy Mr. Khalid Al-Jumaily took the stage for an interesting presentation titled, ‘Journey To Amazing.’ Furthermore, Mrs. Aisha Al-Khaldi and Mrs. Aisha Al-Muftah made a presentation on ‘Vendstation Stationary’ aims to encourage youth to innovate and become entrepreneurs.

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As for the main panel discussion on ‘Youth Empowerment Key Opportunities and Challenges’, which was moderated by Mr. Anas Ghanim, one of the ROTA youth Advisory Board Members, different topics were addressed, as Mr. Ghanim spoke on ‘Global Citizenship and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’, whereas Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Koenig, Professional Development Director of National Youth leadership council (NYLC), enlightened the audience on ‘Service Learning’. On his part, Mr. Tariq Bekri, ROTA's International Programs Specialist, elaborated on ‘Youth Empowerment and Promoting Youth Voice’ while Mr. Mohamed Al Jufairi, Youth Leadership expert, shared his experiences on ‘Leadership’. To enthuse youngsters, an inspirational speech was delivered by ROTA's Literacy Program.  

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The Second day also deciphered on the inspiring success stories and achievements by artist and social-media influencer Mr. Abdul Hameed Al Siddiqi; Mrs. Ruqaya Al Saada, Entrepreneurship Advisor at Bedaya Center and Co-founder of Rwaq; and Mr. Salman Al Khanji, First Qatari Strava. Through a combination of seminars, panel discussions, power speeches, and small group workshops, Empower 2018 second day provided youth coming from different backgrounds an opportunity to share ideas, expertise, and knowledge while improving their talents and abilities.