WASD is very keen to encourage the engagement of children and youth from across the world in the conference. We are keen to make the voice of all our children and youth heard and consequently enabling the decision makers to consider those views and ideas in their big decisions. The entire concept of Sustainable Development is about the future and the future is all about the children and youth! Youth population is growing rapidly in all regions of the world and we are very keen to understand the children and youth perspectives and expectations for their future to help them be ready to grasp the various opportunities generated in the digital economy. We strongly believe our children and youth should be the cornerstone of any strategy by all governments and policy makers. We must listen to our children and youth and more importantly how we can help our youth with their future employment plans and aspirations. Youth from all-over the world are encouraged to participate in all WASD activities and events and present their research, perspectives and initiatives.
Young Stars Big Ideas
We invite children and youth from all-over the world to send us their messages in a short video (no more than 2 minutes) on any topic or theme, without any restriction, that they feel is an important issue facing the world today and is greatly impacting the quality of their lives. This could be one element or a combination of things, for example it could include humour, the people, language, special place, sports, food, art, landscape or anything else that our children and youth would like to our attention. WASD will feature your video messages that are written and presented by the children and youth themselves and will be uploaded on our YouTube Channel. WASD will also proactively look for sponsors that would be willing to provide prizes to all participating children and youth. To submit your video please click here.
The World Commission on Environment and Development famous report “Our Common Future” published in 1987 defined sustainable development (SD) as the development that meets the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. However, since the Rio summit in 1992 SD is increasingly becoming a concern for both developed and developing countries (DCs). Yet, translating the principles of SD into effective economic and environmental policies seems to be a major challenge for all countries.
Moderators: Sheikh Babikir Ahmed Babikir and Lena Alam
The Quran asks the following question, ‘ Say to them O Mohammed: ” Can those who know and those who do not know ever be equal? ” This shows the importance of seeking knowledge hence the Prophet (PBUH) said: ” Seeking knowledge is compulsory upon every Muslim “. Therefore, we have taken it upon our self to provide some knowledge through these assemblies for children who are sitting at home during these difficult times because of the Coronavirus. Children are our future and we must provide all the care for them; however, nurturing is the most important element in their upbringing. As a result, with Sudan’s Knowledge help, we managed to put together subjects that will not only help the children but the family as a whole in sha Allah. Our aim is to do more of these assemblies even if the children go back to school in the future. We will be grateful if you can give us feedback and suggested topics for future assemblies. Please be kind enough to share the link with others to spread the benefit as our Prophet (PBUH) said: ” The one who directs others to good it will be as if they have done it themselves”. You can watch all Children Assemblies so far here.
Together We Are Safe
Moderator: Dr. Anji Ben Hamed
Together We Are Safe is a pioneering initiative led by Students from Ahlia University Bahrain as part of their marketing and management study course and under close academic supervision of Dr. Anji Ben Hamed, Director of Ahlia Centre for Entrepreneurship. Together We Are Safe emphasises on tolerance, acceptance, love and integrity, and to cleanse all types of extremism which lead us to build a culture filled with love, peace and togetherness. Students believe that all religions accept the others regardless of their colour, gender, nationality, faith, orientation and people live with each other and accept each others religions, by cleansing all types of religious extremism.
Training and Workshops
In collaboration with AU, WASD runs regular training workshops on the key factors that are influencing human development and capacity building in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Gulf Region.
Hope for Opportunity
Hope for Opportunity is a Media platform: showcasing Syrian refugees successful stories. In addition to the educational part, the initiative includes a media platform that aims to showcase the stories of Syrian refugees to the world, who became successful in their fields of experience and knowledge. Since the beginning of the Syrian refugees’ crisis, most of the stories have been dominated by numbers, but few tackled the personal and human aspects of it. At the same time, most of the opportunities platforms target the people who are looking for opportunities and not the organizations who offer the opportunities. Therefore, our media platform will target organizations, companies, universities and others who are willing to support Syrian refugees in different camps across the world specifically those who are searching for opportunities such as educational scholarships, talent sponsorship, job opportunities, etc. This way, the platform will be the medium between refugees who lack access to opportunities and organizations who are willing to help and support.
Moderator: Suaad Al Hammadi, UAE