Members of Sharjah Children Shura Council Call on UAE Children to Join Development Process

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Call took place at the closing session of the 15th edition of the Council

  • E. Jameela Al Muhairi addressing council members: “Knowledge is the way for you to contribute to the development of your country”

Members of Sharjah Children Shura Council (SCSC) have called on children and youth across the UAE to take an active role in building the future of the country. They stressed the importance of promoting innovation and collective work to contribute to the development of the country and achieve the goals of its national agendas.

The call was made during the fourth and final session of the 15th edition of the Sharjah Children Shura Council, which is organized ‘Sharjah Children’, an affiliate of Rubu’ Qarn for Creating Leaders and Innovators and was held at the Consultative Council of Sharjah.

The 15th edition ran under the theme ‘Working Together for a Better Nation,’ and was held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, Chairperson of Rubu’ Qarn for Creating Leaders and Innovators.

The closing session saw the participation of 60 council members, and hosted Her Excellency Jameela Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education and Dr Tarifa Ajeif Al Zaabi, Founder of Go-Glocal, and training expert. It addressed the topics of increasing children’s contributions to society and identifying the right methods to promote their awareness about future variables and demand.

During the session, council members held an open discussion with Minister Al Muhairi and Dr Al Zaabi about the work being done in education, innovation, and technology to ensure proper platforms and tools are available for the next generations to flourish and contribute to the advancement of the nation. They also discussed ways of activating the roles of children in decision making in matters that affects them, and in the country’s development.

Her Excellency Jameela Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, said: “Under the vision and leadership of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Sharjah has come to represent a leading regional and international model, earning the global ‘Child Friendly City’ title and many other achievements for its commitment to bettering the lives of all individuals in society of all ages, particularly children and youth, and providing protection, care and leisure for them, in addition to developing their skills and broadening their horizons.”

Addressing the council members, Her Excellency said: “You are the future of this nation. That is why the UAE has put great emphasis and faith in you as an essential part of its Centennial 2071. For our part at the Ministry of Education, we look at knowledge as the way for you to contribute to the development of your country and strengthen your ties to society, in order to move your country forward towards a more prosperous and advanced future,” pointing out that children are key to the educational process in the UAE.

“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has identified several elements to ensure the protection of children’s rights, including the right to be heard. We see and feel this clearly within the walls of this council. You are the ones who will build the future. It is imperative that we hear your thoughts and engage you in the policy-making process,” she affirmed.

Dr. Tarifa Ajeif Al Zaabi presented an action plan that enables children to fulfil their ambitions and build a better and brighter future for their country and community.

“There are many elements that help us strengthen national development, and those elements help young generations to become a substantial and influential part of building our country. First, we should dare to dream and work hard to achieve those dreams through will, determination and persistence. We also need a fully integrated strategy, as well as positivity and openness to objectively critique. Finally, we must always thrive for excellence,” Dr Al Zaabi added.

Rashid Al Tunaiji, President of the 15th Shura Council said: “We appreciate the great responsibilities that we had to carry through this term. We strived to convey the young generation’s inputs and concerns, and question stakeholders and decision makers in an effort to build a brighter future for all of us.”

Aysha Ali Al Kaabi said: “The 15th edition of the Sharjah Children Shura Council saw four main sessions, in addition to a series of training workshops, where members had the chance to openly discuss a number of issues and define their responsibilities in building the future of the country. They proudly represented their respective children’s centres across the emirate of Sharjah and succeeded in conveying their peers’ voices and concerns to government officials, experts and decision makers.”

The theme for the 15th edition, ‘Working Together for a Better Nation’, was conceived to describe the spirit of cooperation and solidarity that unites the people of the UAE and heralds the progress of the country in general and Sharjah in particular.

The objectives of the themes were reflected in the previous three sessions. The first session discussed serving the country and volunteering to help the community and the nation. The second session addressed harnessing social media platforms to strengthen the country, given their role in promoting cultural, pedagogical, social and intellectual positivity. The third session focused on the role of Information Technology in education and addressed the advantages of using technology in self-education and enabling kids to explore new worlds through Virtual Reality (VR).

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