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EMPOWER 2021 Youth Conference under the Theme ‘Young Global Citizens Co-Create Culture’

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In the presence of Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Vice-Chairperson of Education Above All, and H.E Mr. Salah bin Ghanem al-Ali, Minister of Sports and Youth. The Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) programme, in conjunction with the Qatar Museum Authority (QMA), is set to host the EMPOWER 2021 International Youth Conference under the theme ‘Young Global Citizens Co-Create Culture’. The global conference will bring together over 1,000 youth in Qatar and beyond to engage in cross-cultural exchange from 23 to 25 November. 

Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, Doha Film Institute and vice-chairperson of Education above all foundation: “Culture allows us to recognise our common humanity and has the power to shape our communities and forge a sense of identity and belonging. Here at EMPOWER 2021, we recognise and celebrate the youth’s unique opportunity to promote, preserve, and co-create a global culture that will allow humanity to thrive. Reach Out To Asia continues to support young people in this journey through equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to become agents of positive change.”

Youth participants between the ages of 15 and 24 will be invited to engage in a host of activities, workshops and learning opportunities. In line with ROTA’s Global Citizenship Education (GCED) mandate, youth participants around the world will engage in interactive and discursive exchange to foster civic engagement and cultural preservation with the goal of bringing about sustainable social and economic development for future generations.  

As part of our mission of community engagement and the celebration of Doha being chosen as the Capital of Culture in the Islamic world in 2021, Qatar Museums partnered with EAA in hosting the hybrid version of Empower 2021, including workshops and webinars that cover intercultural dialogue, arts and theatre for social development, and digital cultural heritage and innovation, among many other topics. The speaker line-up brings together some of the finest arts and culture institutions in Qatar and beyond, including the Museums of Islamic Arts (MIA), the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), and the Qatar Children Museum (QCM).

Mr. Abdulla Faraj Al-Abdulla, ROTA Technical Director, commented: “Now in its 13th edition, EMPOWER continues to mobilise the next generation as changemakers within their respective communities and foster a sense of belonging to a common humanity among young people everywhere. We are grateful to our partners Qatar Museum Authority, UNESCO, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizenship, College of the North Atlantic – Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar along among other partners for lending their unparalleled insights into the power of cultural preservation in building sustainable creative economies, based on empathy, solidarity and respect for diversity.” 
 

Impact

"Humanity will not overcome the immense challenges we face unless we ensure that children get the quality education that equips them to play their part in the modern world." -- HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

Surpassing

12.8 million

enrolment commitments for OOSC

9,099

Scholarships

89.5%

retention rate

395,558

Teachers trained

45,000

schools and classrooms