Info Min­is­ter hon­ors Youth Ini­tia­tive Award win­ners

Sheikh Sal­man cred­its youth for im­prov­ing Kuwait’s rank­ing

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Nawara Fat­ta­hova

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

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