Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has launched a new social development programme under the theme of ‘Effective Parenting’ to improve parenting in the Qatari families, at a total cost of QAR100,000.

So far, the programme has served 75 beneficiaries from vulnerable families, mothers, grandmothers, and would-be wives. The programme comprises a three-day intensive series of lectures and workshops, taught by psychological and educational experts.

Several important topics and concepts are covered, including the role of a social worker, effective management of behaviour, family education, I make the change, distress of widows and divorcees, and resolution of marital discord.

The programme has a positive impact on society by creating a socially trained, self-managed group with professional and academic experience needed for child upbringing.

It is mainly addressed to women, as they have the deepest influence on children. Other phases of the programme will be implemented, this time including both men and women. Commenting on the programme, Head of QRC’s Social Development, Rashid bin Saad Al Mohannadi, said:

The family, particularly the parents, is the biggest influencer of a child’s personality. Children spend most of their time with their parents and assimilate their thought, attitudes, values, and behaviors. Parents are role models for the children. Behavior has more effect than just verbal advice.’

Effective parenting, he remarked, is a global tested-and-proven program designed to improve the way parents bring their children up. Its key premise is that all educators, including parents, need training.

The programme offers variable techniques to bring children up, based on self-discipline and responsibility in the face of the current challenges in relation to behavioural refinement.

The Effective Parenting program is part of QRC’s economic, social, and professional empowerment activities that support the vulnerable groups and improve their conditions towards sufficiency and then productivity. Women are the main focus of such programmes, to be integrated into the developmental context, through training, rehabilitation, awareness raising, capacity building, and cognitive and attitudinal enhancement.

Established in 1978, QRC is a humanitarian charitable organisation that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination. QRC is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) in Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 189 national societies. QRC has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to Qatar in its humanitarian efforts, a role that distinguishes it from other local charitable or philanthropic organisations. QRC operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. QRC’s humanitarian actions include providing support in disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction, and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRC provides medical services, healthcare, and social development to local communities. QRC works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.