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Arab communities in Qatar Participate in Silatech efforts to create jobs for youth

Great performances by Sudan, Tunisia and Morocco in a cultural fundraising event

DOHA, 5 May, 2019

A number of Arab communities participated in a cultural event for a fundraising in Qatar Mall, in support of Silatech endeavors to create job opportunities for youth. The Sudanese, The Tunisian and the Moroccan communities made some great performances that reflected the cultural heritage of each of these countries.
The Sudanese band Al Msiriya entertained the audience with some dance performances which reflect the heritage, traditions and the cultural diversity of Sudan. Al Msiriyah is one of the ancient tribes in west Sudan.
The Moroccan community participated in the two days event with folkloric and traditional performances. In the first day, two children bands performed some of the Moroccan traditional songs and in the second day a men band performed a traditional Tamazight dance called Ahwash.
The children of the Tunisian School in Doha represented the Tunisian community in the event, performing some of the traditional songs.
This remarkable participation of Arab communities in Doha is a big sign of support to Silatech efforts to create jobs for youth in these countries and others as well.
Silatech started working in Sudan in 2015. It partnered with various local and international institutions. These partnerships resulted since then in creating 496,472 job opportunities for youth.
Morocco was one of the first country of operations, as Silatech started work there in 2008, implementing various training and employment programs with its partners. These programs and partnerships resulted since then in creating 223,300 job opportunities for youth.
In Tunisia, Silatech with various partners succeeded in creating 297,511 jobs opportunities for youth since 2012.
Based on these successes, this cultural event aimed to mobilise donations to achieve Silatech’s goal of providing 5 million jobs for youth by 2022.

Silatech High-Level Event in Geneva stresses the importance of Empowering Youth

DOHA, 6 March, 2019

Describing the role of Silatech foundation in providing more than 1,100,000 jobs as pioneering work, the participants at Silatech high-level event in Geneva urged the international community to do more to address unemployment. They also stressed the importance of investing in youth development to contribute to the promotion of economy and peace for the security of the whole world, and to implement the international strategy against terrorism, especially as young people are the foundation of the renaissance of nations.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stressed the importance of listening to the voice of young people, adding that they have always been followers and now they should be leaders, stressing the importance of investment to employ young refugees in host countries, describing the achievement of Silatech and its success in providing more than one mn jobs for young people as a leading role.

For her part, United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake said that poverty leads to social exclusion and marginalisation, noting that 64mn young people are unemployed while 70mn workers still live in extreme poverty.

Catalist & Chief founder of Jokkolabs Mr. Karim Sy said that it’s a must to adopt creative solutions to empower youth specially in Africa, the richest continent of youth.

“How do you deal with a doubling population every 20 years? We need innovation, we need to do things totally differently, technology allows that, it is incredibly powerful. The technology is bringing us the opportunity to work together. We can bring new solutions, we can think different, for farming, for energy, for education. We can invent a new path”, added Mr. Sy.

Ambassador for Silatech, Chaker Khazaal, said that young people need to build bridges of communication rather than walls.
As a former refugee, he has learned that he must cling to hope, adding that the world is dark, but hope must be upheld because it is the only way to the life of any refugee and thanks to organisations like Silatech, there must be the belief that tomorrow will be better.

Speaker Chris Gardner, Author of In the Pursuit of Happyness called for action to tackle unemployment.
He also thanked Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Silatech’s Board of Trustees and Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, for her efforts in order to enable the youth and provide them with job opportunities through Silatech.

He added that Silatech’s work on empowering and improving the lives of young people is more important than ever, especially in a world that grows darker and more frightening every day.

The participants, including politicians and officials of the United Nations, the European Union and prominent international organisations, agreed that the provision of employment opportunities for young people is a key to economic development and real investment in any country.
Prime Minister of Somalia Hassan Ali Khayre said 70% of Somalia’s population is young and every job opportunity is an investment in the country’s future.
He added that the youth in the population in his country can be a positive or negative factor. If provided with the skills of entrepreneurship they would be the backbone of economic growth but ignoring them and not providing them with employment opportunities will make them a cause of instability and conflict.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, said youth are partners in change and benefit from it, and their voices must be heard.

She highlighted the importance of youth’s role, their empowerment, investing in them and interacting with them.

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Silatech and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, had announced on Monday that youth will receive 3mn employment opportunities globally by 2022, calling for more partners to help raise that number to 5mn.

Silatech is an international, social, non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Qatar established by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in 2008 which aims to combat unemployment, extremism, and marginalisation of young people and women through employment and economic empowerment initiatives.
Silatech is empowering young people to lead change and improve their lives and communities for the better.


The “Tamm” Volunteer Network was launched today at a press conference held in in Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center. Co-founded by Silatech, the Social Development Centre (SDC), Reach out to Asia (ROTA), and the Qatar Center for Voluntary Activities (QCVA), Tamm was created to promote a shared vision of encouraging youth to give back to society through voluntary work and civic responsibility. The press conference was held in the presence of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, the Doha Film Institute and Reach Out to Asia (ROTA).

Tamm, which means “consider it done” in Arabic, brings together the currently existing volunteer programs and initiatives in Qatar into one comprehensive online database. Through the Tamm portal (, young people can search for the volunteer opportunities of most interest to them, understand what they can expect from their volunteer experience, and learn about the many benefits that can be gained through volunteering.

Tamm encourages all organizations interested in volunteering activities and with volunteer programs to join the Tamm network. By doing so, any organization can post its volunteer opportunities on the portal and find the best possible volunteers for their projects.

Tamm provides free training both to volunteers and member organizations, including expert training for youth as they progress from “beginner” to becoming “advanced” volunteers, as well as assistance in choosing the type of volunteer programs that best fit their interests and abilities, including valuable overseas volunteer opportunities. Tamm provides organizations with information about best practices in volunteer programs, and will organize an annual forum to keep member organizations updated on best practices, share experiences and discuss challenges.

In addition to building a shared sense of community and responsibility, volunteer programs give young people the chance to develop skills and gain valuable experience that will benefit them as they enter the working world. Many high schools require volunteering for their students as a requirement for graduation, and Tamm will help students in Qatar to meet these requirements.

According to Silatech CEO Dr. Tarik M. Yousef, “Volunteer programs give us the chance to give back to our community, to gain new friends and share new experiences, and, for young people, the opportunity to grow and develop valuable skills that will help ease their entry into adulthood and the working world. We look forward to strengthening the culture of volunteering in Qatar through the Tamm network.”

Ms. Amal Abdul Latif al-Mannai, Executive Director of the SDC and Chairperson of Tamm, commented “Volunteer work is a very commendable activity. Through people’s donation of their time vital work is achieved that wouldn’t often be otherwise.  That’s why the Social Development Center is proud to be a founding partner of Tamm Portal, through which we strive to involve Qatar’s young men and women in the development and assistance of their community. These programs are not designed to only help beneficiaries, but also to enhance our youth’s sense of belonging to their community, develop their abilities and skills, and provide the opportunity participate in decision making and prioritization, while expressing their thoughts about public issues. We wish all volunteers the best success in their efforts and looking forward to assisting them throughout.”

Essa Al Mannai, ROTA’s Executive Director, said: “ROTA is proud to be a co-founder of the landmark Tamm initiative alongside our good friends Silatech, the Social Development Center and Qatar Center for Voluntary Work. As the first online portal to match volunteers and high quality volunteering opportunities inside Qatar, Tamm makes an invaluable contribution to promoting a culture of volunteerism and social responsibility among the Qatar’s diverse youth. It will allow young people to experience the joys of volunteering, providing yet another opportunity to give back to the country that has given us so much.”

Aisha Al-Kuwari, Chairperson of the Qatar Center for Voluntary Activities, said “Tamm connects organizations interested in volunteering activities together with volunteers in order to bring future partnerships and new volunteer opportunities throughout Qatar. The network unifies the efforts from different organizations and provides them with best practices in volunteer programs. It is an official source to provide rich and fulfilling experience to volunteers, which serve the social, charitable and volunteer work in the country. Tamm will also help Qatar Center for Voluntary Activities in achieving our future plans and will be a centralized source of information and tools for volunteers’ organizations.”


This brief addresses links between volunteerism and entrepreneurship, as well as other questions regarding the current state of volunteerism in the Arab world, including where 15- to 29-year-olds are most likely to volunteer for organizations as well as who these young volunteers are.



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