Posted on December 25, 2017

The “NAMA” center, one of Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) affiliated centers, and as part of its follow-up to the first generation projects of the “SAMA NAMA” program, had organized an arbitration and evaluation session for the projects participating in the program.

The committee was composed of selected influential personalities in society and social and technical experts. The session was attended by officials, directors, section heads, and a number of media professionals, and the results will be announced during the first generation graduation ceremony of the "SAMA NAMA" program. The "SAMA NAMA" program was launched during World Youth Day events targeting young people of both sexes in the age group 18-35 years. The project started in September 2017 and included specialized courses to enable participants to acquire intellectual knowledge and creative and operational capacity in social leadership to innovate and implement projects that serve the community.

Session output

On this occasion, Ms. Maryam Bint Abdullatif Al-Mannai, Acting Executive Manager of “NAMA” center, said: "After having passed the stages of theoretical and practical education, capacity-building, and the conclusion of an arbitration and the project evaluation session, we have come to the threshold of first-generation graduation from the “SAMA NAMA” program. This innovative program that translates part of our strategic orientation of caring for human capital by supporting young people to realize their potential and refine their skills to become pioneers in social work that serves them, serves their community, and enhances national achievements. On this occasion, I can only salute the participants' efforts to learn, gain knowledge, perseverance to offer their best and serve as a model for other young people. Hence, having sensed the success of the program at its first session, we look forward to the launch of a new version, which will continue to feed the country with the qualified cadres of young people to develop human capital and achieve a sustainable community renaissance that contributes to Qatar's national vision 2030".

The program took 10 weeks, and it was implemented in a number of stages, starting from September 5, 2017. The first phase began with a theoretical learning course that included lectures, symposiums and other varied activities in Qatar for one week, which helped to identify the concept of social leadership and the building of their personalities as social pioneers. It was followed by the practical phase in the United Kingdom for a week, aimed at providing participants with opportunities to approach global experiences in the field of social leadership. The third and final stage events for capacity-building lasted for eight weeks, from October to December 2017, where participants worked collectively and interactively to work on the delivery of implementable community projects.

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The program aims to contribute to establish a culture of community work, to make more choices for young people to play an influential role in the public and private work and all that serves the community. In addition, it aims to build a modern personality that adheres to the values of society, interact with its issues and developmental needs, to be capable to spearhead community work, to participate consciously, and to engage in community service. The program also allowed participants to interact closely with their social leaders and to learn about their experiences on the ground, identifying people that share with them the lessons learned, the ambitions, and the great expectations.

The day of arbitration and evaluation of the first generation of the "SAMA NAMA" program was launched by dividing the 17 participants into two groups. Each group worked independently and under the guidance of the trainers and the management of the “NAMA” center on a social project initiative that contributes to the service of the Qatari society, or provides a social meaningful message to be built upon in the future to become a viable project. Representatives of each project had been assigned to submit a detailed report on the project in which they participate, as well as a preliminary presentation of the project to the arbitration committee so that it could evaluate the two projects. This was a milestone for participants, which would shed light on their work and effort during the previous period and would reflect the outputs of the program. After the participants' success, the first generation graduation ceremony of the "SAMA NAMA" program will be organized in January 2018.

The "SAMA NAMA" program works to create a new generation of promising social pioneers who can bring about positive change in their lives, realizing themselves, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, inculcating a conscious national will capable of meeting the challenges and overcoming difficulties. They will be able to offer social project initiatives that will contribute to the development of the society and the country based on what they have learned from the program in its theoretical and practical phases.

The "SAMA NAMA” also comes within the Centre's support and assistance to the youth in the development of the capacities, skill refinement through education, training, mentoring, as well as broad community participation, emphasizing the pivotal role that young people play to realize their aspirations and achieve sustainable renaissance and prosperity in the state of Qatar. It is worth mentioning that “NAMA” center, which was established in 1996 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser with the desire to achieve human and social development in the State, aims to provide a stimulating environment that contributes to the investing in the potential and creativity of youth, as well as to meet their needs and aspirations as partners in civil work, while exploring the best opportunities and innovating to lead the renaissance of their communities. "By youth and with youth, we shape our stances toward Qatar".

Since 2013, the center has been working under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW). “NAMA” is a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Arab Network for NGOs, and the World Family Organization (WFO).