Hap­pen­ings at Sha­heed Park

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Mudaf­far Ab­dul­lah

As­in­gle visit to Al-Sha­heed (Mar­tyr) Park will give a clear idea about Kuwaiti youth. This lovely place has be­come a venue where young Kuwaitis of both gen­ders meet for lec­tures, sports, mu­sic, aware­ness work­shops, sem­i­nars and school and univer­sity vis­its. It is ab­so­lutely a cul­tural spot in the mid­dle of Kuwait City that is more like a dream for ev­ery hu­man be­ing on earth. It is a place where one can breathe clean air, watch the most beau­ti­ful scenes and youth de­ter­mi­na­tion to achieve some change through the pro­grams they of­fer.

What I like about this place are the new groups of youth who are dif­fer­ent from those we are used to see­ing in var­i­ous NGOs that have mostly be­come very idle. Kuwaiti youth are chang­ing for many rea­sons, in­clud­ing over­seas ed­u­ca­tion, the ef­fect of so­cial me­dia net­works, con­tacts with mem­bers of other com­mu­ni­ties, de­fy­ing pub­lic sec­tor job temp­ta­tions and tak­ing the so­cial and fi­nan­cial risks of start­ing their own busi­nesses. They are re­ally dig­ging in and strongly re­sist­ing the deadly bu­reau­cracy of the state’s ad­min­is­tra­tive ap­pa­ra­tuses.

There is so much hope vis­i­tors can see. They can watch a move­ment full of op­ti­mism and cre­ativ­ity. Ideas im­ple­mented in the park seem to be ex­pand­ing on a daily ba­sis. There is so much one can do there in­clud­ing sell books on be­half of com­mer­cial book stores to en­cour­age read­ing and sup­port the store own­ers at the same time.

I be­lieve what is go­ing on in the park is a kind of re­jec­tion of all so­ciopo­lit­i­cal stereo­types and molds that used to con­trol and mo­ti­vate our ac­tions. The ac­tions of these young peo­ple are an in­di­rect mes­sage to of­fi­cial es­tab­lish­ments telling them that the slo­gans they have been us­ing about car­ing for youth are off course and go­ing in di­rec­tions of no in­ter­est to the youth.

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