Skills training for youth at Bahrain’s summer camp
Manama, August 25, 2014
Leadership training, sign language courses, developing computers and designing fashion lines are just some of the activities offered at the country's biggest summer camp.
More than 1,500 young Bahrainis, aged between nine and 25, are taking part in the Youth City 2030, which will run until August 28 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Sanabis, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
It is being organised by the Goys in co-operation with Tamkeen, and features four main sections - science, art, media and leadership.
"We have 116 programmes this year distributed over four centres - each offers special training that guarantees sharpening the participants' skills," said project manager Abdulkareem Al Meer.
"This is the fifth edition of the event and if we go back to the previous editions, we can see that many of the participants have excelled in many fields and some have even started their own business."
Al Meer said one of the most popular activities was sign language sessions held by certified specialists.
Other programmes included studio photography, puppetry, charcoal drawing, graphics, interior design, culinary arts, alternative energy projects and applications design.
"Each programme has its own teacher with ages ranging between 20 and 40. We have instructors or supervisors, who prepare the sessions and choose the teachers," he added.
"We also have competitions, games and awareness programmes."
Bahraini Mohammed Al Qassab, 20, has been helping participants build their own computers from scratch.
"I teach them to build a computer, explain the computer parts and then they create computers with whatever features they need," said the electronics engineering student.
"The participants are eager to learn and show improvements by the end of every week."
Eighteen-year-old Manar Al Arrayed, a member of the arts centre, said she was surprised that boys outnumbered girls in programmes such as cooking and fashion design.
"I discovered that boys are more talented in cooking and fashion design and I learned many skills from them.
"This place offers you the chance to meet people from all categories and from various places in Bahrain. I'm really glad that I joined it because I discovered many aspects of my personality," she added.
A 10-year-old Bahraini, Retaj Al Abbasi, has taken part in several programmes in all four centres. "I wanted to participate in all the programmes and I learned lots of things," she said.
"I liked the science centre the most because I now know how to carry out experiments. The leadership centre was also nice as I joined their Toastmasters club and the sign language course as well."
Her friend Shahad Al Hajri, whose hobbies include acting and photography, plans to participate every year.
"I am a member in a programme called 'Leap to Change' which helped me to be independent," said the 10-year-old.
"I also enrolled in photography and acting programmes because this is what I like to do."
This year, the city has opened its doors to young entrepreneurs and allowed them to exhibit their products.
Maryam Al Awadhi, 18, has been displaying her customised sketched items - a project she started around a year ago.
"I sketch names or captions and then show it to people and after they approve it, I print it on T-shirts or notebooks or whatever items they want," she said.
"The city has a number of fixed stalls and I was invited this week to display my products." - TradeArabia News Service