DUBAI, 28th March, 2022 (WAM) — Policy and education leaders said that Arab youth need the opportunity to engage in the policymaking process to develop resilient mindsets and harness the full potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
These calls to empower young citizens came during the first session in the Arab Youth Leaders Meeting, organised by the Arab Youth Center (AYC) under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and President of AYC. It was supported by the Arab League and the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, with the participation of youth ministers, youth workers, and multilateral organisations.
The session, entitled ‘Empowering Workers and Building Capacity in the Youth Work Sector’, took place as part of the World Government Summit 2022 at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Policy experts highlighted key gaps and recommendations to support the professional development of young Arabs. The discussion was held between Dr. Ali Al Lawati, President of the Royal Academy of Management in Oman, Dr. Abdullah Al Ghamdi, CEO of Education for Employment Foundation – KSA, and Dr. Mishaal Al Subaie, Deputy Director-General of the Youth Development Sector and the Youth Projects Sector in Kuwait.
Discussing the challenges facing young people, Dr. Al Lawati said, “The fourth industrial revolution is not technical or political, it is social, and it is being driven by young people. They are more tech-savvy than governments, but we cannot address the challenge of developing young people with skills training alone. The new generation is digitally connected but socially disconnected, and in today’s digital economy, character traits are more important than skills.”
For his part, Dr. Al Ghamdi emphasised the need to engage young people in developing the policies that will impact them.
Al Subaie stressed the importance of recognising the varying needs of young people.