The NAMA centre recently organised an arbitration and evaluation session for projects participating in the ‘SAMA NAMA’ programme. The arbitration and evaluation committee was led by selected influential personalities, and social and technical experts. The session was attended by officials, directors, section heads, and a number of media professionals, and the results will be announced during the first generation graduation of the ‘SAMA NAMA’ programme.

‘SAMA NAMA’ programme was launched during the World Youth Day events for people within the age group of 18-35 years. The project started in September 2017 and included specialised courses to enable participants to innovate and implement projects that serve the community.

Session output

Maryam Bint Abdullatif Al-Mannai, Acting Executive Manager of NAMA centre, said that the innovative programme translates part of the centre’s strategic orientation.

On this occasion, I can only salute the participants’ efforts to learn, gain knowledge, perseverance to offer their best and serve as a model for other young people. Having successfully implemented the programme at its first session, we look forward to the launch of a new version, which will continue to provide the country with qualified young people who contribute to Qatar National Vision 2030.’

The programme took ten weeks, and was implemented in a number of stages, starting in September 2017. The first phase began with a theoretical learning course that included lectures, symposia and other varied activities in Qatar for one week. These activities helped identify the participants learn the concept of social leadership and build their personalities as social pioneers. It was followed by a ‘practical phase’ in the United Kingdom for a week. This phase was aimed at providing participants with opportunities to approach global experiences in the field of social leadership.

The third and final stage lasted for eight weeks, from October to December 2017, where participants worked collectively on the implementation of community projects.

Programme Goals

The programme aims to establish a culture of community work and to make available more choices for young people to participate and serve the community. It also aims to develop the personalities of participants that adhere to the values of society, and get them to interact with issues and be more capable to spearhead community work.

The 17 participants were divided into two groups. Each group worked independently and under the guidance of trainers and management officials of NAMA centre. Representatives of each project had been assigned to submit a detailed report and a preliminary presentation to the arbitration committee for evaluation. The SAMA NAMA programme works to create a new generation of promising social pioneers who can bring about positive change.

NAMA centre was established in 1996 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. Since 2013, the centre has been working under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW). NAMA is also a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the Arab Network for NGO, and the World Family Organisation (WFO).

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