Nama Centre has launched its ‘Sama Nama’ programme, the largest innovative programme for social entrepreneurs, to mark the International Youth Day celebration in Doha. The programme is targetting youth of both genders, aged 18 to 35 years, and aims “to build a modern personality that is committed to the values of society and responsive to its developmental needs and causes.”
The 10-week programme has been set up based on well-studied scientific insights, specifically designed to graduate social entrepreneurs who possess the skills to create and implement projects serving the community, according to a statement.
The programme will be done in stages, starting on September 5 through the provision of specialised courses in Qatar for a week. Practical training programmes aimed at interacting with international experiences outside Qatar will then follow for another week.
Sama Nama will involve specialists in a number of fields, which allows close interaction so participants can get to know people who share the lessons learned as well as their ambitions and aspirations.
Nama also organised a seminar on the role of Qatari youth in spreading peace amid Gulf crisis to mark the event. Qatari artists and influencers took part in the event, themed ‘Youth Building Peace,’ highlighting the role of the ‘Best Buddies Qatar’ initiative in supporting young people with special needs.
“Our participation in the International Youth Day 2017 comes as part of implementing our strategic approach, which focuses on nurturing the youth and highlighting their pivotal role in preventing conflict and achieving social peace and security,” Nama Centre acting executive manager Maryam bint Abdullatif al-Mannai said.
“The true wealth of any human progress lies in our qualified human resources possessing high competitive advantages that enable them to innovate and respond to the needs of the community,” she noted.
Al-Mannai said that young people chosen to join the Sama Nama project will have to pass rigorous standards that test the qualities required of social entrepreneurs as well as ensure their ability to pass the capacity-building phase and create projects that serve the community. She hopes that 20 promising youths will be selected and subject to a training period aimed at imparting the needed knowledge and skills for the initiative.
Nama Centre provides all the support to the youth by building their capacities and developing their skills to provide solutions to their needs and overcome challenges through education, training, mentoring, and community participation on a large scale.
The Centre celebrates youth contributions to conflict prevention, the consolidation of sustainable peace and the achievement of social justice.
“Sama Nama will also equip them with the necessary capacities to manage their idea, follow up on its implementation, monitor its progress and evaluate its impact and outcome,” al-Mannai said.
Nama also launched its new website, designed and developed according to modern technological standards, where all the information and services are placed at the fingertips of visitors, including the Centre’s news, latest activities, programmes, courses, initiatives and updates. For her part, Best Buddies Qatar initiative executive director Laalei Abu Alfain said: “On this special international occasion, we support young people to access all their rights in education, health, economy, political rights and decision-making abilities.”
“Best Buddies Qatar is keen to support youth in all fields, especially young people with special needs,” Alfain said.

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