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22 January 2018 09:55 am

Rota opens registration for Empower Youth meet

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In preparation for the upcoming edition of its premier annual event, Education Above All (EAA) Foundation’s programme, Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), has opened the doors for applicants to register for its EMPOWER Youth Conference 2018, through its official website at ReachOutToAsia.org.

In its 10th edition, set to be held at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center from the 15th to 17th of March 2018, the Conference aims to promote a better understanding of youth leadership, service learning and Global Citizenship, under the theme ‘Youth and Effective Citizenship’.

Applicants who register for the event and participate at the Conference in March, will have the opportunity to be a part of its forward-looking agenda, as they develop their skills, knowledge and attitudes to take on leadership roles and make a positive contribution in society, to support Qatar’s National Vision for the year 2030 and its focus on youth development as one of its key pillars.

Commenting on the occasion, Mr.Essa Al Mannai, ROTA’s Executive Director, said:

“For a whole decade, the EMPOWER Youth Conference has been at the forefront of youth development in Qatar, and has played a vital role in opening new horizons for the country’s youngsters to evolve into responsible, capable, civic minded citizens who are actively seeking to make their community and the world a better place. This year, ROTA is carrying on this cherished legacy by building upon the success and outcomes of the Conference’s previous editions and inspiring as well as mobilizing its young delegates to act on the main learning themes of this year’s agenda, which are all geared towards equipping and enabling young people as responsible global citizens and empowered young leaders. The Empower 2018 Conference theme which was selected by ROTA Youth Advisory Board (RYAB), will focus on the concept of Youth and Effective Citizenship and its implications, including how youth can be empowered to meaningfully address challenges facing their nation.”

He added: “Following the success of previous EMPOWERs, we opened the conference to the Region and youth from international countries. And with this year’s intensive and carefully-developed program that tackles the most important challenges and issues facing tomorrow’s young leaders, we expect our 10th Conference to be another remarkable success for ROTA and the participants, bearing fruitful outcomes for the future of our nation, the region and the entire world. We are really excited to go through the thousands of anticipated applications and get to know the young ladies and gents who will help us orchestrate a successful event that is poised to bring progress to the development of the country and its human capital.”

Since 2009, EMPOWER has developed  a reputation for being the first youth led conference to focus on equipping young people in Qatar to take active roles in building their communities and having a voice on global issues. Every year the conference intends to create a platform for a larger number of students to learn and engage in ROTA’s youth development program in Qatar.

This year, the three-day event includes a combination of panel discussion, keynote speeches, small group workshops, seminars, off-site activities, exhibition, social program and youth artistic expression, which are designed to collectively build the capacities required to enable young people to take leadership roles in addressing local and international developmental issues of concern, especially in the realm of sustainable development and youth’s effective citizenship.

The Conference will empower up to 450 young people between the ages of 16-32 – including international participants – to discover their voice and build their knowledge, skills, and experiences, towards creating positive change for themselves and their communities, as well as effectively contribute to the progress and prosperity of their nations.

EAA envisions inclusive and equitable quality education for vulnerable and marginalized people in the developing world. Empowering youth in Qatar and the region to make positive change in their communities and globally compliments EAA’s focus on empowering youth to become active members of their communities.

For further details of the 10th EMPOWER Annual Youth Conference 2018, and to register, please visit http://www.reachouttoasia.org/en/event-details/empower-2018

Cover image courtesy of Rota