ROTA to train youth to act during humanitarian crisis
09 Nov 2017 - 0:27
By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula
Youth across the region will gather in Doha for the MENA Youth Capacity Building in Humanitarian Action (MYCHA) training which will provide them knowledge and skills to plan and execute small-scale social and community development projects in crisis-affected contexts.
This initiative by Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a programme of Education Above All (EAA) foundation for young leaders aged 18 to 30 will take place from November 11 to 13. It is aligned with ROTA’s efforts to equip youth with the skills to play a central role in humanitarian action across the region. The results-driven initiative will see participants go on to implement their learning into specific youth-led projects in their home countries. “Following on from the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul last year, and the resulting Doha Youth Declaration, MYCHA is part of a wider commitment to ensure youth are able to play an equal role as policymakers in addressing humanitarian challenges across the region,” Essa Al Mannai, Executive Director, ROTA, said at a press conference yesterday.
“Youth are the leaders of the future and possess unique capacities in humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery. Thus, it’s imperative that we continuously work to provide a platform for youth to make their voices heard and assume active roles in shaping the world around them for a brighter future,” added Al Mannai.
The three-day conference will see participants attend workshops on core humanitarian principles including Humanitarian Landscape and Stakeholders, Accountability and Quality, Project Design and Project Cycle, Conducting Needs Assessment, Defining Activities and Goals, and Challenges and Opportunities.
MYCHA is being organised in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, Human Appeal, Qatar Red Crescent, Doha Institute, United Nations Envoy on Youth, and United Muslims Relief.
Tareq Al Ansari, International Collaboration Department Manager, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar, will deliver the welcome address on the opening day of MYCHA. It will be followed by an opening panel discussion entitled ‘The Role of Youth in Transforming Humanitarian Action: How Can Stakeholders Support Youth Capacity?’ moderated by Dr Sultan Barakat, Director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, Doha Institute.
“Our region is going through major upheavals. It is time for us to address our own challenges and hopes. Also, the recent crises and wars in Libya, Yemen, Syria as well as Iraq and the ongoing occupation in Palestine has created a whole generation of young people who aspire to contribute to alleviate suffering,” said Barakat.
Also present at the press conference were Saeed Hersi, Head of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Gulf Liaison Office; Issa Mohamed Al Ishaq, Director of Communication at QRCS and Khalid Khalifa, GCC Regional Representative at UNHCR.