Info Minister honors Youth Initiative Award winners
Sheikh Salman credits youth for improving Kuwait’s ranking
KUWAIT: The awarding ceremony of the Youth Initiative Award organized by the Arab Media Forum was held on Saturday to recognize volunteer and humanitarian efforts by youth in the Arab region. More than 640 projects from the Arab world were judged by a special panel that included a number of leaders in philanthropy in the region.
Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, Minister of Information and State Minister for Youth Affairs, said Kuwait supports the youth’s voluntary and humanitarian work. “The Ministry of Youth cares for this sector, and this was the reason behind hosting this event. Kuwait is the center of humanitarian work and always serves various humanitarian and voluntary activities,” he noted during the ceremony.
“Recently, Kuwait ranked in a good position in the Youth Development Index of the Commonwealth League and Report, released by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Kuwait improved from the 110th position up to 56 out of 183 participating countries in this index in just three years. This is a great achievement due to the youth,” added Sheikh Salman.
Out of 640 young volunteering teams from Arab countries that registered for this initiative, 125 qualified for participation, while 11 winners were awarded, two from Kuwait. The winning team was from Bahrain, Kuwait ranked second and Egypt third, with eight other winners from various countries.
The main idea of this initiative is to support youth and encourage them. “We are proud that these young people took two hours daily from their time to spend it in voluntary works rather than doing other things. I’m glad that we attracted this number of young people to participate with us, and I hope that next year it will be even bigger,” stressed Madhi AlKhamees, Secretary General of the Arab Media Forum.
The award ceremony included an exhibition showcasing the efforts and achievements of more than 40 local and regional youth initiatives, in addition to discussions and presentations by founders of humanitarian and volunteer initiatives from around the region.
Later, Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud awarded the winners, in addition to awarding some other personalities and organizations that are active in humanitarian work including late Dr Abdulrahman Al-Sumeit, Sheikha Amthal AlAhmad Al-Sabah, Najeeb Al-Zamel, Kuwait Red Crescent Society (all from Kuwait), Food Bank of Egypt, Qatar Voluntary Center, Emirates Foundation for Youth Development and others.
Information and Youth Affairs Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah honors Youth Initiative Award winners.
Information and Youth Affairs Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah tours an exhibition held as part of the event.
KUWAIT: Information and Youth Affairs Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Humoud Al-Sabah speaks during the awarding ceremony.
Madhi Al-Khamees, Secretary General of the Arab Media Forum. —Photos by Yasser Al-Zayyat