ROTA organizes Youth Conference

Summary: 
 Reach Out To Asia is organizing a 3-day Youth Conference for promoting personal leadership, service learning and global citizenship as part of its new strategy for its Qatar Program (ROTAQ).
  • Personal leadership, service learning and global citizenship are the main themes of "EMPOWER 2009".

Reach Out To Asia is organizing a 3-day Youth Conference for promoting personal leadership, service learning and global citizenship as part of its new strategy for its Qatar Program (ROTAQ).

"EMPOWER 2009", the first annual youth conference to mark the launch of ROTA's new Youth Development Program in Qatar will take place on 07-09 May and is primarily aimed at mobilizing and inspiring leadership and civic responsibility among Qatar's youth, through service learning.

Students (14-24 years old), teachers, educators and lectures will gather at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, for the first conference of its kind in Qatar. "EMPOWER 2009" will aim at giving a voice to the youth, raising awareness and building knowledge and capacity that will enable young people to take leadership roles in addressing local and international developmental issues.

A televised inter-school debate led by six students will be the starting point of "EMPOWER 2009". The session will be facilitated by Qatar Debates and students will argue for and against a motion of critical importance to young people in Qatar.

The main conference will follow on the second day, with a series of lectures and workshops delivered by renowned local and international speakers, youth-led roundtable discussions and artistic expressions.

The delegates will have the opportunity to give something back to their community on the third day, by taking part in a series of off-site community service projects, including visiting children patients at Hamad Hospital, renovating a house for a less fortunate family and producing a short film on a youth issue.

Personal leadership, service learning and global citizenship are the main themes of the conference that aims at creating a platform for exchange of ideas, concepts, projects and reflections, and offers an opportunity to mirror and redefine the youth of Qatar as core assets to the sustainable development of the country.

Within the framework of ROTA's Youth Development Program, "EMPOWER 2009" will give the opportunity to the students to take active part in the conference holding key roles, such as MCs, discussions facilitators, registration officers and note takers.

The conference is following a focus group discussion held last February at ROTA premises and attended by 29 students from 5 universities and 4 secondary schools. As a result, a Youth Advisory Board was formed that is helping ROTA in investigating the needs and perceptions of young people in Qatar with regards to their role in the community and world at large.

"We are so proud that ROTA is organizing such a unique conference! It is the first of its kind in Qatar as it will be led and facilitated by our youth. A group of students, our Youth Advisory Board, was on our side from the beginning, sharing their views and ideas with ROTAQ, in order to make this conference a reality. We have a lot to learn from the youth; all we need is to give them the opportunity" said Ms. Alberta Stevens, Head of ROTA Qatar.

Listening to the voice of the youth and empowering them to be tomorrow's leaders, is another expression of ROTA's vision for a world where all young people have access to the education they need in order for them to realize their full potential and shape the development of their communities.

 

For more information please visit www.rotaqevents.org

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