HH Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), has signed the ‘Empower Declaration 2014’ to promote health and development among the youth.

The proclamation comes as part of the 6th Annual Youth Conference ‘Empower’ organised by ROTA, which is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). It supports QF’s mission to provide world-class education and foster a progressive society by addressing immediate social needs. HE expressed her delight at the signing, saying:

Today, we are reaping the rewards of five years of continued efforts to develop youth capacity in Qatar and the Gulf region, through ROTA activities. We celebrate this declaration launched by Empower Volunteers themselves. Through their own determination and sense of responsibility, they drafted its content with the intention of investing in younger generations. They are using sports as a platform to inspire the values that build a healthy and thoughtful society. Today, I am very happy to see our dreams come true at the hands of young volunteers.’

Entitled ‘Sports for Youth Empowerment,’ the declaration was launched by young ROTA volunteers from Qatar and the Gulf region. They include Generation Amazing Youth Ambassadors from the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. Executive Director of ROTA, Essa Al Mannai, said:

We have dedicated our work during the past five years through Empower to equip the young volunteers with the concepts of leadership, learning and global citizenship. Today, we see the translation of these concepts through this declaration, which is a guideline gift from today’s youth for tomorrow’s youth to pave the way for their future. It takes inspiring young people from a local level to a global level, in a way that reflects the basic concepts of Empower.’

ROTA is a non-profit organisation launched in December 2005 in Qatar, by HH Sheikha Al Mayassa. Operating under the auspices of the Qatar Foundation, ROTA is committed to providing high quality and relevant primary and secondary education, encouraging relationships among communities, creating safe learning environments and restoring education in crisis affected areas across Asia and around the world. ROTA envisions a world, where all young people have access to the education they need in order for them to realise their full potential and shape the development of their communities.

In an attempt to impart the values ​​needed for society today and in the future, the declaration highlights the importance of sport for youth development, promoting health, education and professional growth, as well as promoting peace locally and internationally.

The initiative also calls for a variety of private and public organisations to come together to support the declaration through joint cooperation to achieve its goals, including; youth and sport organisations, local and international developmental organisations, UN entities, governmental departments, including schools, sports media and athletes alike.

This declaration has been a prominent topic of admiration within UN organisations, conferences, NGOs, sports groups and governmental ministries, which have all recognised the impact sport has as a starting point towards positive change.