Qatar Foundation (QF) has announced the three finalists for Cycle 2 of its Akhlaquna Award. Voting opened on Monday, 22 April on the initiative’s website with the winner set to be revealed at QF’s Convocation 2019 ceremony in May.
This year’s finalists are Future Compass, a summer programme created by 15-year-old student Eman Alobaide that sees 25 local organisations providing real-life work experience to young people; Tmakkan, a programme established by 19-year-old Reema AlKuwari, where retired men and women serve as mentors to young Qatari professionals; and Mobsron, a fully-audible mobile application that provides people who are blind and visually impaired with a tool for ordering food, reviewing ingredients, and comparing prices, led by 17-year-old Nawal Al-Kurbi.
Machaille Al-Naimi, President of Community Development, QF, said:
We are delighted to reveal the finalists for this year’s edition of the Akhlaquna Award. The selected projects truly embody the ethos of the award, the ultimate goal of which is to nurture positive behavioral change within society.
We want to honour inspirational young men and women whose ideas can have a valuable and tangible impact on the lives of others. We encourage the wider community of Qatar to explore these projects, and start voting via the Akhlaquna Award’s dedicated website.’
The objective of the Akhlaquna Award is to highlight the timeless and universal values exhibited by the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), who serves as a role model of great moral character and guides the values of the award.
Cycle 2 of the initiative aims to highlight projects that best embody moral values shared across different religions and cultures – reflecting Qatar’s diverse and multicultural environment while being rooted in Islamic heritage.
The three Cycle 2 finalists were chosen by this year’s jury members: Amaal Al-Mannai, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Foundation for Social Work; Dr Jassim Sultan, Director of Wijdan Cultural Centre; Dr Emad El-Din Shahin, Dean of the College Of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (a member of QF); and Professor Mabrouk Zeid Elkheir, Director of the National Centre for Research in Islamic Sciences in Algeria.
The Akhlaquna Award was first announced by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation in 2017, with the winner – Swar Al Dahab Ali – being announced at QF’s Convocation 2018 ceremony.
For more information about the three finalists, and to vote, please visit akhlaquna.qa