Original Source: www.zawya.com. 14 June 2011
The two-day conference is being held under the theme 'A Vision for Better Future' attracted representatives from different fields, including researchers and academics. The event is organised by Center for Governance and Public Policy in Qatar, which is part of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies in affiliation with Qatar Foundation.
"This conference is an attempt to empower you, who represent 50 percent of the Arab population," said Professor Saif El Din Abdul Fatah, Director, Centre for Governance and Public Policy. "It is important to empower the youth in leading the Arab community in order to achieve renascence of the Arab nations," he said."It's the responsibility of the Arab youth to lead their society," said Professor Abdul Fatah.
He also explained that the Annual Youth Conference will continue to motivate and guide Arab youth through various activities to empower their society.The First Annual Youth Conference is designed to motivate youth to make visions for the future and encourage them to express their aspirations using education and knowledge and to understand and get contributions from others.
The conference also aims at developing a cadre of motivated youth for future projects and initiatives and encourages youth to make a link between their formal education and training to meet the needs of the Arab community.To reach its goals the conference held lectures and discussions on varies topics including Information and Communications Technology's role in education and personal development, strategic planning for youth and the role of education in preserving the Islamic identity among the Muslims in non Muslim societies.
A research article competition was held prior to the conference on 'Your Education in shaping the future of your society.'It focused on how formal education can contribute to improve life. It included personal, family, community, work and national level of improvement. In taking a scholarly view to the issue the articles discussed many issues in depth including opportunities, challenges, and linkages. The writers also did 'Recommendations for the Future' in their research articles.