Education Above All Foundation (EAA) once again brought the hopes and dreams of youth alive with the 3rd MENA Youth Capacity building in Humanitarian Action (MYCHA) training at the QNCC. The event, which started last week, is ongoing until today and is in partnership with Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).

The four-day training is expected to serve as a springboard of ideas on humanitarian action by some of MENA’s most vocal and passionate stakeholders in the region, in terms of methodology, practicality and scientific approach. The MCYHA training is organised by the EAA programme, Reach Out to Asia (ROTA).

Training participants included 69 local and 100 international delegates from the Middle East and North Africa region, representing 14 countries. They consist of youth advocates, humanitarian organisations, and other experts in the field. The four-day training programme is delivered by 20 international and local trainers. It offers participants practical hands-on knowledge that can immediately be applied in their respective communities. Participants will also receive support and mentorship from non-governmental organisations for six months to help them deliver their projects.

According to organisers, the training serves to empower the youth in humanitarian settings throughout the MENA region, to assure their meaningful participation in preparedness, response and conflict resolution in different situations and contexts. The MYCHA training is in line with EAA’s broader mission of providing and protecting the right to quality education, and to promote it as a key aspect of humanitarian intervention in countries in crisis.

Arwa Musaaed, International Program Manager of the ROTA Programme said that they have convened dozens of change agents from around the MENA region to share their ideas and solutions – from understanding crisis and setting up support networks, to best practices for humanitarian action and stewardship, to rebuilding communities and more.

According to QFFD Director General Khalifa bin Jassem Al Kuwari, the youth bring their unique perspective in addressing humanitarian crises. 

Through the MYCHA training programme, we aim to train the participants to become better informed and responsible future civic leaders, who are able to solve many of the problems facing their world today.’

QFFD is a public development institution committed, on behalf of the State of Qatar, to improving the livelihood of communities around the world by empowering populations through the promotion of education, healthcare, social services, infrastructure and economic development.

The MYCHA training programme is organised in collaboration with EAA’s international and local partners, including United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar Red Crescent Society, Osman Consulting, Humanitarian Academy for Development, International Network for Education in Emergencies, Norwegian Refugee Council, Mercy Corps, and Save Youth Future Society.  The event is also supported by QNCC and Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College.

Updates and more information about the training programme available through this link