SHARJAH, 28th September, 2022 (WAM) — Representatives of the UAE Youth Councils have stressed that continued support from official entities and the community is crucial to meet the ambitions and aspirations of the younger generation in the fourth Sharjah Youth Forum held on the opening day of the 11th International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) at Expo Center Sharjah.
During the session titled “Challenges and Opportunities of the Youth Council”, representatives stressed the importance of practical training for young journalists and media personnel to overcome the challenges they face in the workplace. .
Khalifa Al Muheiri, former member of the Dubai Youth Council, said: “Councils are an important channel to stimulate and motivate the aspirations of young people and listen to their ideas. Boards, in general, add value to all members.
“There are two types of young people – those who take the initiative to develop and those who do not wish to change at all. Our role is to find solutions to encourage the second type of young people,” he added, emphasizing that the Dubai Youth Council has launched a number of initiatives and holds engaging meetings and activities to enhance the knowledge of the younger generations with future skills.
For his part, Abdelaziz Ahmed Fikri, Chairman of Sharjah Youth Council Third Group, pointed out that over the past four years, IGCF has served as an ideal platform to bring together young people from the UAE, listen to their suggestions and nurture their ambitions.
“There are a lot of misconceptions about youth councils as some young people join us to look for job opportunities, but that’s not our specialty,” he added.
Maitha Ali Al Gergawi, a former member of the Media Youth Council (MYC), noted that the organization, which was formed in collaboration with several media entities, has attracted the membership of many representatives of contemporary media and television.
Al Gergawi pointed out that MYC has opened its doors to empower young people and facilitate their access to a multitude of opportunities in the media field. She added: “Some of the most critical challenges facing young people are vocational training, as the media provides abundant theoretical training, but graduates fail to acquire practical expertise.”