Bahrain's youth empowerment efforts stressed

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Manama, Aug. 11 (BNA): Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa said Bahrain has mapped out a comprehensive vision in the prosperous era of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to build the Bahraini person, being a pillar of the royal reform project. He added this vision had been translated into practical schemes implemented by the government under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and the close follow-up of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier.

Marking the International Youth Day, which is observed on August 12, HH Shaikh Nasser described the occasion as an opportunity to affirm constant keenness to carry out the noble royal vision towards the youth in Bahrain who play a key role in the kingdom’s growth and development. He underlined Bahrain’s pioneering strategy to groom youngsters and tap on their potentials through various initiatives in order to achieve the UN goals for this year. He pointed out that the Youth City 2030 was one of the initiatives that reflect the strategy on the ground by providing the youth with the needed training and rehabilitation. He also affirmed the significant role played by the national clubs and youth centres in honing the youth’s talents and academic knowledge.

HH Shaikh Nasser underscored capability of the Bahraini youth to come up with creative visions to handle various challenges facing the community. He pointed out the King Hamad Youth Empowerment Award which aims to enable the youth to achieve the sustainable development goals. He noted that Bahrain’s ranking fourth internationally in the Telecommunication Infrastructure Index asserts providing a favourable climate for the youth to get informed about regional and international experiences in various fields.

HH Shaikh Nasser cited statistics by the UN showing that there are currently 1.8 billion youngsters aged between 10 and 24 in the world. However, 1 out of 10 children live in regions of conflict and 24 million children do not go to school. He pointed out that Bahrain possesses all factors of security and stability thanks to the efforts of the relevant bodies. He also noted that Bahrain will celebrate the centenary of its regular education in 2019, pointing out the steady development of the educational sector. Ha pointed out that Bahrain paved the way for political and civil participation through a popular referendum on the National Action Charter which was approved by an overwhelming majority of 98.4% of the votes to become an essential part of the kingdom’s democratic process.

HH Shaikh Nasser underscored the ongoing support to the youth’s initiatives to serve the community and shape the future of Bahrain.