The youth is the power of the nation. That is the motto of the Doha as the Capital of the Islamic Youth celebrated in 2019. It has recently held its closing ceremony at the sidelines of the 30th Doha International Book Fair last January 16, 2020. Read below to know all about Doha OIC Youth Capital 2019, its activities, and the winner of the competitions held during the year!
OIC Youth Capital was initiated by the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) in October 2014. The OIC region has almost 1.5 billion Muslims and 1/3 of it is constituted by youth. The Youth Capital was established to empower young people to participate actively in the creation of solidarity among Muslim youth and foster inter-cultural and inter-civilizational diversity among its other objectives.
Every year, a capital of the Islamic Youth is chosen to promote dialogue and friendship among young people from various Islamic countries. Qatar has received the key of ‘Doha — OIC Youth Capital 2019’ in October 2018 for recognition of Qatar’s efforts to support and empower young Muslims.
The activities of 'Doha-The Capital of Islamic Youth 2019' include an array of activities, programs, and festivals that took place in Doha with the participation of youth delegations from various Islamic countries to allow youth to discuss many current issues
The aims of Doha OIC Youth Capital 2019 are as follows, according to OIC Youth Capital:
During the year, there were lectures, interactive workshops, and tourism programs held under the Doha Youth Islamic Forum. There were also Doha Youth Camp for Voluntary and Humanitarian Work, Doha Oasis for Innovation, and Doha Youth Innovation Awards which focused on Photography, Short Films, and Visual Arts.
Last January 11, 2020, a Tree Planting event was also held in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and the Islamic Cooperation Forum for Youth.
This is the summary of activities held in Doha, as shared by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in its Twitter account:
This competition is open to all young people from the Islamic world in the field of photography and was launched in cooperation with the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum, Visual Arts Center, Doha Film Institute, the Youth Hobbies Center, and the organization of the Qatar Cultural and Heritage Events Center.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports in collaboration with the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum organized 'Doha Oasis for Innovation' as one of the activities under Doha OIC Youth Capital 2019. The competition was held from September 14 to 20, 2019.
‘Doha Oasis for Innovation’ aimed to develop the talents and abilities of young people in the areas of invention, innovation, and manufacturing. The winners were announced last October 2019.
Their project is the Smart Pill, which releases medication at specified times controlled via mobile application and linked to the doctor or family member of the patient to remind him if he did not take his medicines. This device is aimed at the elderly and those with medical problems like Alzheimer's who often forget to take their medicine.
Mr. Muhammad Al-Fahida, Representative of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, delivered a speech during the event in which he mentioned that "The events of Doha, capital of Islamic youth, reinforced the place that Qatari youth is taking both locally and internationally, thanks to the belief of the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in the role of youth in accomplishing the Vision 2030."
Mr. Taha Ayhan, the President of the Islamic Youth Cooperation Forum, also spoke and he mentioned that "Investing in youth is the real investment, and this is what we felt during the activities of Doha, the capital of Islamic youth 2019." He also announced that the Republic of Bangladesh will be the capital of Islamic Youth for 2020.
His Excellency Mr. Salah bin Ghanem Al-Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports, honored the distinguished youth in the activities of Doha, the capital of Islamic youth 2019. He also handed the key of the capital of Islamic youth 2019 to the representative of Dhaka, the Islamic Youth Capital 2020 during the closing ceremony of the Doha Capital of Islamic Youth 2019 activities.
Watch our video of the Doha OIC Youth Capital awards!
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