Lieutenant-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, attended the graduation ceremony of 150 participants from the Empowerment of Future Leaders initiative in cooperation with Sandhurst Royal College, and 50 participants from the Diploma Program for Community Leaders in its second session, in cooperation with the University of Sharjah, as part of the initiatives of the Khalifa Empowerment Program Aqdar aims to empower youth and support community work, in order to achieve the vision of the rational leadership of the country.
His Highness praised the efforts of the graduates and blessed them for their work and giving, which contributes to demonstrating the role of Emirati youth in sustainable development and building a bright tomorrow. This came at a ceremony held at Expo 2020 Dubai, in the presence of Sheikh Zayed bin Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Khalifa bin Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The ceremony was also attended by Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, General Duncan Capps, Commander of the British Royal Academy of Sandhurst, Major General Dr. Ghaith Ghanem Al Suwaidi, Director of the Dubai Police Academy, Brigadier Walid Al Shamsi, Commander of the Police College, Brigadier General Dr. Mohammed Al Othmani, Director General of the Police Sciences Academy in Sharjah, and Dr. Hamid Majoul. Al Nuaimi, Director of the University of Sharjah, Counselor Dr. Ibrahim Al-Dabal, CEO of the Khalifa Empowerment Program, Aqdar, Dr. Radi Al-Zubaidi, Director of the Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development at the University of Sharjah, leaders of police colleges, institutes and academies in the country, and a number of Ministry of Interior officers.
Counselor Dr. Ibrahim Al-Dabal, CEO of the Khalifa Empowerment Program “Aqdar”, stressed that the initiatives are continuous and work is connected with the aim of achieving the vision of the wise leadership in promoting the empowerment of Emirati youth and raising their capabilities and ambitions to higher levels that contribute to the pioneering development process with pure Emirati minds and capabilities. He said, “Our role comes within an integrated national work system and efforts in which roles are distributed to ensure high-quality outputs that contribute effectively to the rehabilitation of our youth and our human resources. Today, we are witnessing the graduation of a group of two initiatives that come within these national efforts, and we are continuing to develop these programs and initiatives in line with the recent developments and changes that The world is witnessing an acceleration.
For his part, Dr. Majul Humaid Al Nuaimi, President of the University of Sharjah, expressed his happiness at graduating the second batch of the Professional Diploma in Community Leadership, in cooperation between the University of Sharjah and the Khalifa Empowerment Program “Aqdar”, which is organized by the University’s Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development, noting that the program aims to prepare groups of young people. Young women, mothers, and social workers, through training and qualifying them to become leaders in their communities, and lead the awareness-raising process for a number of societal problems.
He said that the program focused on many axes, including the Emirati identity and its moral values, social phenomena in changing societies and their study curricula, leadership skills in the field of crises and disasters, and legal legislation in the Emirates. For his part, Lt. Col. Sultan Hareb Al Ketbi, General Coordinator of the Khalifa Empowerment Program “Aqdar”, said that the initiative to empower future leaders, implemented in cooperation with the Royal Sandhurst College, the prestigious international academic edifice, is one of the initiatives that aim to enhance the convergence of global youth, develop their leadership skills, and build generations that embrace science and self-development. To be the pioneers of future leaders. He added, “The participants in the camp are divided into males and females and police college candidates to receive theoretical and practical lessons, including personal skills development, self-development, leadership, teamwork and creative thinking skills, in addition to virtual lessons through Aqdar Smart Academy, fitness classes and military training.”
He pointed out that the Community Leaders Diploma Program is an initiative of the Khalifa Empowerment Program “Aqdar” in cooperation with the Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development at the University of Sharjah. Leading the community outreach process. The program lasted for two months, with 110 training hours, using educational virtual applications, and included a variety of scientific topics and topics, including the demographic composition of the UAE society, models of legal legislation in the United Arab Emirates, leadership skills in the field of crises and disasters – Covid 19 – as a model, and phenomena Social studies in changing societies, methods of studying social phenomena quantitatively and qualitatively, in addition to the characteristics and features of the program such as a social prevention project, presentation skills. “We continue to work in accordance with the directives of the UAE government in providing community initiatives aimed at enhancing youth empowerment and their role in the development process,” said Shamsa Al Hamidi, Director of the Future Leaders Center 2071. She added that the two initiatives aim to enhance the skills of Emirati youth through communication, learn about various cultural patterns, refine their experiences and creativity by communicating with others around the world and activating their positive roles in the UAE society.