Pre-launching of the national Youth Strategy 2011 – 2015

15 May 2011

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The UN House hosted the pre-launching event of the National Youth Strategy 2011 – 2015. In his statement on the occasion, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Sayed Aqa said that the strategy was the result of a fruitful partnership between the General Organization for Youth and Sports (GOYS) and through it with ministries, the private sector and civil society. Mr. Aqa reinforced the importance of investing in youth saying that nations should consider “young generation as the citizens of today and not only the generations of tomorrow.”

The government of Bahrain was represented by the Director of the National Youth Strategy and Special Advisor of the General Orgainzation for Youth and Sports Mrs. Amal Aldossari. Mrs. Al Dossari expressed her appreciation of UNDP assistance that led to the finalization of the National Youth Strategy through an inclusive process that involved all the component of Bahraini society. She presented an outline of 2011 – 2015 strategy saying that it includes several sectors and named education and training, work, Information technologies, healthy lifestyle, sport and entertainment, human rights and environment. Mrs. Amal said that the evaluation process of the strategy will be based on good governance approach. Senior representatives of the strategy stakeholders with media representatives attended the event.

The national youth strategy 2011 – 2011 builds on and adds to the previous one 2005 – 2009. Both strategies were put together and elaborated through a partnership process between UNDP and GOYS. The new strategy advocates for the promotion of the culture of belonging to the Bahraini Nation and common future for all Bahrainis, aims to bridge between education and employment, education for the future with much focus on linking education with creation and innovation; learning to learn and enhancing needed skills such as IT skills and languages among several other areas. The strategy is aimed to be implemented through an integrated approach to assure effectiveness and efficiency of youth public policies on a national level.