Lack of schools in remote areas in Arab and Islamic countries around the world and their governments not attaching due importance to education were cited as some of the major factors responsible for the backwardness of youth in these countries in a debate.
Held within the aegis of the Qatar Sports Club, the debate focused on ‘Youth in the Islamic World’ and the role the family, school and society were required to play for their uplift.
Additionally, the governments of some of these countries not being serious about making investments in industrial and other productive projects which could provide large-scale employment to the youth, was also cited as a major flaw. The youth in the Islamic world have a lot of free time which they idle away doing nothing in the absence of adequate educational and employment opportunities. They, therefore, tend to fall in bad company, speakers said.
The debate was largely-attended and senior officials such as Jamal Faiz, from the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, were present.
It was also pointed out by some speakers that Muslim youth do not usually prefer to engage themselves in field jobs or industrial work and mainly prefer office or managerial jobs.
Universities in many Arab and Islamic world have courses of studies which have no link to the job market. And, above all, some families grow up their children looking at them as potential sources of income and so push them into jobs as soon as they are adult.
No awareness campaigns are launched targeting such families to make them understand the benefits of educating their children. The debate also discussed ways to circumvent these problems and make the youth in the Arab and Islamic world productive.
It was also pointed out that the first-ever international conference of Muslim youth was held in Tunisia early this year where 2009 was declared as the year of ‘Dialogue with the Muslim Youth’
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