Reach Out To Asia (Rota), a programme of Education Above All (EAA) foundation, has announced its Mena Youth Capacity Building in Humanitarian Action (Mycha) training, taking place in Doha from November 11-13.
Mycha will provide young people, aged 18 – 30, with the knowledge and skills to plan and execute small-scale social and community development projects in crisis-affected contexts.
The details of the programme were announced at a press conference yesterday in which Essa al-Mannai,executive director, Rota; Saeed Hersi, head of United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Gulf Liaison Office; Khalid Khalifa, GCC regional representative UNHCR; Dr Sultan Barakat, director, Centre for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and Issa Mohmed al- Ishaq, director of communications, Qatar Red Crescent Society, took part.
During the conference, youth from across the region will attend a number of 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.
Al-Mannai, said: “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.”
“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,” al-Mannai added.
Mycha will be organised in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination 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?’
Mycha 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 learnings into specific youth-led projects in their home countries.
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