Nasser Al Jabri and Khalfan Al Naqbi (Abu Dhabi)
Youth represent a permanent priority for the wise leadership, which has given the new generation special attention, embodied through the launch of many initiatives and programs aimed at refining their skills, developing their expertise and instilling noble values and good qualities, which is reflected in the competitiveness of the UAE youth, who have reached global leadership in many It is one of the scientific and cognitive fields, with the presence of interest, continuous follow-up, and absolute conviction of their pivotal role in various sectors.
According to the statistics of the Federal Youth Foundation, the state includes 15 specialized centers for youth with large areas, to hold youth events and activities and to take advantage of the possibilities available to exploit them in the professional and study paths for young people. And 7 local youth councils with a total membership of up to 111 young people, while the number of ministerial youth councils is 14 councils, while the state includes 81 institutional youth councils with the participation of 934 members, in addition to two international youth councils to represent the UAE youth from scholarships and those abroad, where youth councils play It plays an important role in empowering young people with tools to foresee the future to face challenges and promote good citizenship practices.
The statistics showed that more than 500 hours were held to listen to the challenges of youth in all fields, through the “Youth Circles” initiative, while the number of beneficiaries of the initiative reached more than 25,000 attendees and participants, as the initiative is a youth dialogue platform organized periodically in different locations. In it, best practices are presented and the most important issues related to youth, their aspirations and the challenges they face are discussed.
Our young country
Sarah Falaknaz, a member of the Federal National Council, said: This year, the UAE celebrates the International Youth Day and is more youthful, prosperous and advanced. It is a pioneering, important and vital place in the world, and holds great weight in the international arena thanks to its successful investment in enhancing the capabilities of its youth, rehabilitating and refining their capabilities with science and knowledge.
She added: There is no doubt that the country’s efforts to empower young people are exceptional and unique, beginning with the unlimited support of the leadership for young people and attention to their care and education according to the highest and most prestigious international levels, and sending the nation’s youth to receive education and enhance their capabilities in the best international universities, through the appointment of His Excellency Shamma Al Mazrouei is Minister of State for Youth Affairs at the age of 22 to become the youngest minister in the world, which confirms the leadership’s directions and wise vision towards empowering young people and giving them full confidence to assume responsibility in many positions, and the Cabinet’s decision to establish the Federal Youth Foundation in 2018, as a qualitative leap in The stage of youth empowerment and the government’s adoption of youth initiatives and activities, enhancing the process of listening to their opinions and suggestions, and engaging them effectively in the development process in all fields.
Falaknaz praised all the great efforts made by the state to empower young people and launch many initiatives, including youth circles, which are a platform for conducting direct bilateral dialogues between youth, the government, the private sector and global leaders in all fields. We are confident that the wise leadership of the state will continue to provide unlimited support to young people in various fields. However, the country’s youth should be well-armed with science and knowledge and be up to the task in order to meet the aspirations and expectations of the wise leadership, and to always confirm that they are ready to assume responsibility and to the extent of the trust that has been placed on them.
For his part, Mohammed Al-Kashf, a member of the Federal National Council, said: The UAE, praise be to God, has been since the first building block of its establishment and the interest of its builder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, and the founding rulers in forming an exceptional state, whose eyes were on its youth of different sexes. Those who are the equipment of this country, and the priority was to provide education and health care and open up prospects for the development of the Emirati society as a whole with the vision of the future state and how it will be built with their hands. The inspiring word is about the state’s full care for today’s youth, and we are proud of the evidence of this interest that embraced space. The ambition of today’s youth has no limits, and it is a tangible product of interest in youth centers, developing and training their energies and creating opportunities for them to search for what benefits the state and their society. Today’s youth Armed with the power of science and knowledge, they seek to return the favor.
He pointed out that the next stage is a real challenge that requires all young people to have tangible confidence, which I recommend to young people, to have a dream, listen to the right opinion and adhere to the national identity with its tolerant nature and the spirit that spreads peace and knowledge that the country needs to work as a family, stressing the importance of ambition, future industry and adherence to With hope, creating a space for volunteer work, caring for the family, and drawing the image of the UAE for those who come after them.
5 proposals to enhance the role of youth
A number of young people also identified 5 proposals to enhance their role during the coming period, namely enhancing dialogue skills among young people and providing sustainable solutions to their affairs, encouraging young people to engage in the new economic opportunities currently available, offering specialized professional programs in future disciplines, and launching an interactive platform to receive young people’s ideas. And the establishment of an annual forum that brings together different entities with distinguished youth.
Fatima Ghaleb Kharbash said: The UAE not only realized the importance of its youth, but also encouraged them to actively participate in decision-making processes and created leadership programs to enhance their skills in various sectors and fields. Today, Emirati youth are making great strides to change the world around them in the presence of leadership that believes in the value of youth. The UAE has taken proactive steps to empower young people by developing policies that support their roles in all sectors at all levels of governance by integrating them into decision-making as key partners and actors to achieve sustainable development.
She pointed out that empowering young people begins with listening to the voice of young people, developing their skills through various tools to benefit from their energies, adopting their ideas, and working to implement their recommendations, and by providing young people with tools that enable them to make real change in their surroundings, and it is necessary to understand their views and shed light on The challenges they face, especially mental health issues. Talking about mental health issues includes adapting to changes, realizing the capabilities and needs of young people, and achieving work-life balance. Change begins by opening the door to dialogue and acceptance of various challenges, and working to confront them with sustainable solutions.
For her part, Fatima Sajwani said: Young people are the leaders of tomorrow, so the UAE provides many advantages to facilitate the affairs of young people and make them the leaders of tomorrow, in terms of funding, ideas, establishment and also full support, as the UAE is known for its assistance to all young people to develop themselves and their ideas, and this helps the development of the state from all sides. Aspects, including the creation of a generation that is aware, educated and adapted to the surrounding conditions.
She added: The ways of support provided by the state for the efforts of the youth are clear to the public, in terms of capabilities, development, location and all the necessary requirements for making what can be the talk of people for many years, noting that its proposals include urging young people to diversify ideas and help them devise simple details to improve the result and also to diversify market.
Emirates Space identifies 6 major initiatives to attract youth
The Emirates Space Agency has identified 6 major initiatives, with the aim of attracting young people to scientific disciplines related to space science, with the aim of providing the national space sector with qualified cadres capable of leading future space projects and missions, and to ensure the existence of sustainability in the country’s space goals during the next stage, as part of the strategy sector national.
The initiatives included the inclusion of space in the educational curricula of a number of school levels, with the aim of introducing students to the role of the Emirates Space Agency, the Hope Probe project and its strategic effects on the country, and to enhance public awareness levels among the younger generations about the reasons for the state’s orientation to space industries, and their important impact in promoting The concept of the knowledge economy and the development of the technologies used.
The initiatives included launching a set of space challenges and competitions for both academic and university students, with the aim of encouraging them to present innovative ideas, which will be applied in Emirati space missions, by promoting the concept of scientific competitiveness between schools and universities and establishing an environment of science and knowledge to find solutions that contribute to In overcoming complex space challenges, the past period witnessed the benefit of these ideas in launching satellites, such as the UAE Satellite Challenge competition, which resulted in the launch of the mini-satellite project “Daw’-1”, which will be added to the Emirati mini-satellites soon.
The initiatives included establishing a special program for internal scholarships and educational missions outside the country, for a number of disciplines required from the space sector. academic for students.
The initiatives included launching the Science Space Camps Program, which aims to exploit vacation periods to establish space camps, and to introduce students with scientific and cognitive interests to each other, in addition to being an opportunity to acquire and hone skills about modern space concepts. The initiatives included enhancing the number of workers within the space sector, through recruitment and recruitment, providing incentives to retain talent within the space sector system, and bringing national competencies and expertise from graduates in scientific disciplines. The initiatives also included providing training and rehabilitation programs, participating in specialized scientific conferences, and preparing scientific papers, by involving young people in global incentives, with the aim of gaining the necessary expertise to present scientific ideas to senior researchers and scientists in international space agencies, and to enhance confidence in them.
On her part, Marwa Al Harmoudi said: The UAE is one of the first countries in the world that empowered its youth in various fields, as it considers the youth to be the basic wealth and the future of the country, especially when the youngest Minister of Youth was appointed at the age of 22 and the establishment of the Federal Youth Foundation, after which the initiatives that supported the youth continued. In various fields, including appointing young people to the boards of directors of federal institutions, free services that have become supportive of youth, and centers that have become incubators of youth energies, their ideas and creativity.
She added: To enhance this role, we believe it is necessary to have specialized professional programs in the fields of the future in cooperation with vocational schools and stakeholders in the community, in addition to highlighting the successes of young people to be role models for those who are younger, and focusing on sports fields through summer camps or programs. Targeted at ages 13 and up.
In turn, Walid Jaber said: The UAE plays a strategic and effective role to encourage the youth of the Arab world, both citizens and residents. Today, with pride, there is a youth entity, specialized institutions, and councils interested in empowering this young man and investing in him to achieve leadership and economic growth, complete the path of grandparents and fathers, and carry the banner of the next fifty years.
He added: The state’s achievements with the youth are many, and I believe that we, as youth, must assume the responsibility that the government has given us, carry the flag and raise the name of the UAE high in all forums, events and events. and leadership meetings, which enhances the youth’s confidence and develops a sense of responsibility, pointing out that he suggests that educational institutions in the state provide an incubating environment for all young people to encourage them to complete their studies and provide appropriate education and future technical disciplines, which would create a promising generation educated and ready to achieve the requirements of the state and its strategies .
For his part, Saqr Al-Buraiki said: The UAE is distinguished by its dependence on the youth and the harnessing of all possibilities to empower them and the initiatives launched for them, realizing that the youth are as much as the trust granted to them by the state and that they have the ability to implement the vision with merit and distinction until the state succeeded in taking over It has a leading position in the world among the ranks of countries that encourage innovation and support youth, because it bet on its youth, and gave a lot to it. Today, the country is reaping the harvest of what it has sown since its establishment, and the Emirati experience in expanding youth participation deserves to be a school for everyone to draw from.
He added: Our country continues its achievements and future goals in empowering youth, as we have been given the opportunity in all fields that made us as Emirati youth ready to embody our original Emirati Arab values and spread them in international and local forums, noting that youth are the nucleus of society, and they are the most enumerated, most vital and most effective group. And openness, they are the energy of development in societies and the real wealth for a better tomorrow, and the Emirati experience in empowering young people is a rich development experience from which many countries of the world draw from.
He pointed out that one of the most important proposals is to launch an interactive platform that brings together the UAE government and youth, to collectively participate in working on all youth initiatives, through an annual youth retreat that serves as an annual forum that brings together youth led by the Emirates to contribute to setting annual priorities and the year’s agenda for youth.