Themes and Objectives

Conference Objectives

Objectives of EMPOWER 2014 Youth Conference are to:

• Promote better understanding of youth leadership, service learning and greater awareness of global issues among youth between the ages of 16-26 in Qatar and the region.

• Provide opportunities for youth to develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes to take on leadership roles which support ROTA strategies

• Create a platform for youth to discover their voice and realize their ability to make a positive contribution in society to support Qatar 2030 on youth development.

• Facilitate a forum for exchange of ideas, concepts, projects and reflections that address local needs and global issues.

• Awareness creation on Sports for Youth Empowerment.

Conference Elements

This year's conference themes are Sports & Entertainment. The lectures & workships will aim to address the main themes and activities will reflect the three elements of the conference.

These include:

1. Personal leadership:

Promoting personal excellence, including setting goals and forward planning, having personal mission statements, marketing one’s skills and abilities, positive attitude and healthy self esteem to inspire others to be their most excellent selves.

“Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future”.
Edwin H Friedman, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, 2007

2. Service Learning:

Promoting civic responsibility: a duty to one’s country, community and the world as a whole and the importance of correlating community service to academic learning.

“Service is the rent you pay for room upon this earth!”
Mohammed Ali (Former World Championship Boxer)

3. Global Citizenship:

Promoting youth voice on social justice issues like human rights, migrant worker situations, the global economy, climate change and peace building.

"Today, every single one of is us a ‘Global Citizen’, whether we are conscious of it or not. Our daily lives are constantly affected by what people on the other side of the planer are doing.”

What is Service Learning?

“Cleaning up a river is Service Sitting in a science classroom, looking at water samples under a microscope is learning. Students taking samples from local water sources analyzing the samples, documenting the results and presenting the scientific finding to a local pollution control agency is "service learning”

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Conference Theme

In 2012 ROTA introduced four new focus areas to its programs. One of the major themes introduced was Sports for Education, which will enable ROTA to use sports as a tool to increase and improve education for youth and communities it works with, through promoting well being and providing alternate approaches for learning.

After a number of consultation with the ROTA Youth Advisory Board and ROTA Youth Network, the youth recommended that this year’s EMPOWER should focus on Sports as a tool for youth empowerment and development.

Sports in all its forms whether competitive, physical or play have an essential role in human development, and especially youth. The United Nations looks to sport and play as human rights that must be respected and enforced worldwide; for many years the UN had been using sports as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building tool. Many governments and non-governmental organizations “NGOs” world wide including Qatar’s government and ROTA are increasingly interested in sports, societies as per the UN no longer consider sports a luxury within any society but is rather an important investment in the present and future.

In 2003, the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Sport for Development and Peace defined sport, for the purposes of development, as “all forms of physical activity that contribute to physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction, such as play, recreation, organized or competitive sport, and indigenous sports and games.” This definition has since then been accepted by many proponents of Sport for Development and Peace.

The right of access to and participation in sport and play has long been recognized in a number of international conventions. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for all”. But until today, the right to play and sport has too often been ignored or disrespected.

Sport has a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. By its very nature, sport is about participation. It is about inclusion and citizenship. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness, all of which are principles which are also contained in the Charter of the United Nations and the Human Development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030.