Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education has officially launched the Al Ghurair Foundation Youth Advisory Council, which aims to integrate the opinions of young people in the development, planning and implementation of its programs.
The 15-member board will advise the Foundation on its programmatic and thought leadership activities to shape future initiatives and engagements. It will serve as a sounding board and allow the Foundation to test ideas, gather feedback and make informed decisions. The Al Ghurair Foundation Youth Advisory Council will work with the Foundation team to determine the best interventions for Emirati and Arab youth, leading to positive impact. The Council aims to achieve its goals and elevate the strategic priorities of the Foundation by sharing ideas, co-creating documents, articles and videos, contributing to events and networking with various stakeholders collaborating with the Foundation. . The Council will also network with similar local and regional bodies and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through their work.
Comprised of inspiring young people from the UAE and across the Arab region, Council members are passionate about youth issues and eager to contribute to the sustainable development of the UAE and the region. In internal elections, members elected Sarah Bawazir as president, Reem Musabbeh as vice-president and Eisa Almarzooqi as board director. Under the direction of the Foundation’s Director of Knowledge and Innovation, each member has joined one or two of the following committees: Access to Quality Higher Education, Career Development and Readiness, and Engagement and Communication. Foundation officials will oversee these focus areas and provide support to the Board.
Delighted with the formation of the Youth Advisory Council, Dr Sonia Ben Jaafar, CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, said: “These impressive young representatives have an important role to play in ensuring that the work of the Foundation resonates with the needs and dreams of youth. The insights and ideas of these young leaders will amplify the long-term success of our initiatives and programs. I expect this new Al Ghurair Foundation Youth Advisory Council to deepen our understanding and understanding of the reality that young people face and how we can best support them as leaders of philanthropy in the region.
Commenting on her role as Chair of the Youth Advisory Council, Sarah Bawazir said, “I am honored by the vote of confidence the Council has bestowed on me and my colleagues Reem and Eisa. The Foundation has made considerable efforts over the past few months to bring together this excellent group of passionate and motivated young people.
“I speak on behalf of the Council when I say that we are determined to fulfill our role as a link between young people and the Foundation. Our responsibility to Emirati and Arab youth is to listen carefully, represent them accurately, and work with the Foundation on programs that equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate their way to a prosperous life and moving the economic wheel forward,” she added.
Using innovative educational solutions and genuine partnerships, the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education aims to empower young Emiratis and Arabs to thrive and contribute to the sustainable development of the region. Through the Al Ghurair Foundation Youth Advisory Council, the Foundation’s strategic objectives will be achieved, including supporting 200,000 Emirati and Arab youth on their journey to better sustainable livelihoods by 2025.
About the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education
The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education aims to empower young Emiratis and Arabs to thrive and contribute to the sustainable development of the region, through innovative educational solutions and genuine partnerships. As one of the largest privately-funded philanthropic foundations in the Arab region, AGFE supports the provision of high-quality, technology-enabled educational opportunities, as well as the development of relevant skills for a successful transition to higher education and the labor market. Founded in 2015, the Foundation is dedicated to achieving United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 8, calling for inclusive and equitable quality education that leads to improved living standards for all. The Foundation is a member of the United Nations Global Compact and adheres to its principles-based approach to responsible business.
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