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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 Participates at the Side Events of the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Sabah Al-Haidoos: Silatech’s mission aligns with the IPU agenda in tackling issues of security, peace, fighting hunger, poverty, and achieving welfare and UN SDGs.

DOHA, 10 April, 2019

Silatech participated at the side events of the 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) taking place in Doha, Qatar.
Silatech’s participation aimed at demonstrating its role and mission to socially and economically empower youth, as the driving force for community development, thus achieving stability and transforming these communities and societies.
Silatech’s CEO, Ms. Sabah Al-Haidoos stated that “holding the IPU assembly in Doha, with the participation of politicians from all over the world is a valuable opportunity to demonstrate Silatech’s mission and its role in achieving development in volatile communities and those in conflict through the provision of job opportunities. This message aligns with the IPU agenda in tackling issues of security, peace, fighting hunger, poverty, and achieving welfare and UN SDGs”.
“The call of Her Highness Shikha Moza Bint Nasser at Silatech High-Level event in Geneva last month was clear. She called upon the leaders, politicians, governments, businessmen and NGOs to cooperate and join forces for the interest of youth and incorporate them to drive the development of their societies”, added Ms. Al-Haidoos.

Participants at the IPU meetings visited Silatech’s booth to learn about its pioneering experience in providing jobs to youth in 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East and its

success in providing more than 1,000,000 jobs since its inception in 2008 as a kind initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser.

Participants also learned about the future programs that Silatech intends to implement to reach the goal announced by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Silatech, to provide 5,000,000 jobs for youth by 2022, as well as inviting leaders and politicians in the world to join efforts towards this goal, which is considered as a global challenge.

Silatech is seeking more partnerships to join a network of more than 300 local, regional and international partners with the objective of expanding its operational outreach in new regions.

Silatech also provided an overview on its programs that align with a number of UN SDGs and UN Youth strategy 2030, including:

  • Farmers’ Skills Development through Sustainable Agriculture:
    This program is a partnership with Horn Progress Initiative in Somalia, and it aims to train Somali youth on climate smart agricultural practices and placing them into employment.
  • Youth Empowerment in the Agricultural sector through Solar Energy:
    In cooperation with the National Microfinance Foundation in Yemen, this program aims to economically empower farmers through utilizing solar energy and installing subsidized solar panels that will power water pumps and enable them to irrigate their farms year-round, thus creates further employment opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurship for Participation and Inclusion of Youth in Tunisia:
    This program is implemented in partnership with UN Democracy Fund and Zitouna Tamkeen to economically empower youth to build their confidence and commitment to participating in the democratic process.

Furthermore, Silatech showcased its innovative technological solutions to reach out to youth everywhere, including: “ta3mal” portal for training and employment, “Tamheed” platform for
career guidance through psychometric assessments and “Narwi” platform to connect young entrepreneurs with donors.

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 Mozah bint Nasser in 2008 which aims to combat unemployment, extremism, and marginalisation of young people and women through employment and economic empowerment initiatives.
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THE SILATECH CHARITY CAMPAIGN, AIMING TO SECURE LIVELIHOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR REFUGEES AND INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS, CONTINUES UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER

Silatech announced that the fundraising campaign for refugees will continue until the end of October. The announcement was made during the live broadcast for donations that aired on Al Rayyan TV.During the broadcast that took place at the Mall of Qatar, Al Rayyan TV interviewed the youth driving the campaign and some prominent figures in the Qatari community about the importance of economically empowering young refugees and internally displaced persons.

They also discussed the influential role Qatari youth play as global citizens in addressing international challenges, particularly the refugee crisis, through charity and volunteer work.
In his Interview, The Executive Director of Programs at Silatech, Mr. Faisal Al Emadi highlighted the support for the campaign on various levels. “The interaction and the support for the campaign from everyone, including youth, citizens, expatriates, individuals and institutions in all sectors, embodies the deep-rooted culture of charity and volunteering work and the values of goodness and giving in the State of Qatar”, said Mr. Faisal.

QATAR’S YOUTH AND SILATECH LAUNCH A CHARITY CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT YOUNG REFUGEES AND INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE

In response to the commitment of youth, citizens and residents of Qatar to help alleviate the suffering of refugees and internally displaced persons, and the organization’s belief that achieving peace and stability everywhere in the world starts from combating poverty, unemployment, extremism, and marginalizing young men and women through empowering them and providing them with jobs, Silatech launched a humanitarian campaign entitled “Charitable competition to support young refugees and internally displaced persons” at a press conference held today.

The initiative seeks to involve the youth of Qatar and the Qatari community in providing humanitarian assistance and solutions to the Syrian crisis of refugees and displaced persons worldwide. It also contributes to enhancing the role of youth as global citizens to address the major global challenges, in particular the issue of refugees and displaced persons, and promote a sense of compassion and responsibility towards their peer disadvantaged youth.

led by 30 young men and women in Qatar competing to mobilize funds to generate jobs for 30 thousand young refugees within 30 days, the campaign aims at providing refugees and their families with decent livelihood opportunities and enable them to improve their lives.

During the press conference, Mr. Faisal Al Emadi, Executive Director of Programs at Silatech said: “Silatech works to connect disadvantaged and marginalized youth with opportunities: vocational training opportunities and the development of skills required by employers, employment opportunities, and support funding them to establish income-generating enterprises, especially youth in conflict and crisis affected areas.”

Al Emadi stressed on dedicating 12th of October 2018 for donations through live broadcast that will be hosted by Al Rayan TV and in Mall of Qatar from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm where everyone is invited to support youth to collect enough donations to create job opportunities for Syrian refugees. Donations will be through the live broadcast or all communication channels announced by Al Rayyan TV throughout the month of October.

This campaign, spearheaded by Youth in Qatar, was launched under the sponsorship and with the support of various partners from all sectors contributing to the efforts of the State of Qatar and its pioneering humanitarian and developmental role to help neighboring societies in general and the refugees in particular. It is based on the unity of the government and its people as a single body for promoting charity and philanthropy. The State of Qatar is at the top of the list of donor countries that provide humanitarian and development assistance worldwide; an active humanitarian role that contributes to its achievement and continuity all segments of Qatar’s society.

During the press conference, Sheikh Ahmed Al Buainain, Muslim preacher, said: “The worsening of the tragic situation of refugees and internally displaced persons requires our support by providing them with decent work and thus saving entire families children, women and old people from poverty. Allah said: “The believers are but brothers”, We see our young people embarking on their good deeds, out of their awareness of the nation’s issues and the major events happening, and their sense of responsibility towards their fellow refugees.”

Habes Howail. Head of External Relations at Qatar Foundation and representative of the youth in the competition said:” We are all aware of the suffering of our fellow refugees in this ongoing tragedy, an issue that has many economic and social dimensions that affects not only the lives of the refugees and his host society but also affects us all in terms of the security and prosperity of our nation. We are part of a wider and interconnected world, our prosperity and stability is part of theirs. We have been taught by our country these values. We, as young people of Qatar, have to contribute to alleviating refugee of their sufferings. We feel obliged to give back to our country that provides us with safety and security while young people like us live among wars and displacement. “

“It is with great honor for our young people to lead this campaign for their brothers and sisters who do not enjoy the same opportunities, to be role models for giving, and to compete for the good of others. We thank all the partner institutions that have not spared efforts to support this humanitarian campaign. This is a living example of the culture of the State of Qatar for humanitarian and charitable work, the high values inherent in the Qatari society, residents and citizens, individuals and institutions, and across all sectors. We look forward to collecting enough donations to provide sources of livelihoods for these unprivileged youth” Al Emadi concluded.

The tragedy of refugees is not limited to fleeing their countries in search of safety. It has cost them the loss of family and loved ones, and the image of the Syrian child “Elan” who died on the shores of Turkey is still fresh in our memories. These refugees who survived the war or the death brokers face complicated problems and lack of access to suitable work, for reasons including lack of proficiency in the language of the host country, inadequate experience with labor market requirements, lack of required educational qualifications in the host country’s labor market or because they had to leave their studies and could not obtain a university degree that would enable them to find decent work, or simply because of the poor economic situation in the host country.

Silatech has responded to the refugee crises wherever they are and has devised customized programs to provide them with employment opportunities, training, and skills development to get jobs in their new lives. For example, Silatech has implemented various programs to support thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons in various countries, such as ad hoc programs that trained and employed thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey, the program of supporting youth entrepreneurs in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and a program to train internally displaced youth in Syria and provide them with tools and workshops to work on future projects. In addition, Silatech implemented an economic empowerment program for battered, disabled, refugee and displaced women in Sudan, as well as many other programs to train and employ young men and women displaced by conflicts and natural disasters in Somalia.

The proactive and inclusive vision of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, which sees youth as the foundation of the renaissance of nations if they are empowered and linked to employment opportunities, has proved successful over the past ten years through providing one million jobs for young people which have changed the lives of entire families and communities to the better in 17 countries in the Middle East and North Africa from the countries in which Silatech operates to support youth employment, including young refugees and displaced persons.

Young people have always been the focus of Silatech’s work, and in light of the difficult economic conditions experienced by refugees and their families, this campaign is a continuation of the organization’s hard work in fighting poverty and youth unemployment, which is one of the most pressing problems in our Arab world.

SILATECH SIGNS AN MOU AND THREE AGREEMENTS TO EMPOWER YOUTH AND IMPROVE THEIR EMPLOYABILITY

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Naseer, Chairperson of Silatech’s Board of Trustees, and His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Isse Awad The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of The Federal Republic of Somalia, attended today in New York City today the signing of three agreements to economically empower Somali youth by securing more than 75,000 jobs in Somalia.

A collaboration between Silatech, American Refugee Committee (ARC) and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the first agreement aims to provide housing and energy solutions for 1,000 families and develop local youth owned enterprises; creating around 3,000 jobs for returning refugees and IDPs in the Kismayo district. The second agreement is to support Al Amal bank in financing youth enterprises to create 63,414 jobs around Somalia. In partnership with the Somali Institute for Development and Research Analysis (SIDRA), the purpose of the third agreement is to build the skills of 9,000 graduates and place them into jobs in the labor market.

As part of its continuous efforts to empower youth in Somalia and activate their role in developing their communities, Silatech signed the three agreements to provide solutions to combat unemployment, poverty, marginalization and extremism. Silatech also focuses on economically empowering women in Somalia and engaging them in promoting peace and security in their societies.

Furthermore, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Naseer, Chairperson of Silatech’s Board of Trustees, has attended the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Silatech, the United Nations Democracy Fund, and Tamkeen for Development to collaborate within their respective mandates and their common goals in the area of improving youth empowerment and participation and skills developments based on the World Programme of Action for Youth. The MoU aims at engendering, promoting and strengthening youth engagement, skills development, entrepreneurship and improving employability in countries or regions of mutual interest.

Since its inception in 2008, Silatech has secured one million jobs for youth through working in coordination with governments and international organizations and in cooperation with its partners to design and implement programs that uproot youth out of poverty and chronic unemployment, thus empowering them to contribute to the socioeconomic development of their countries.

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SILATECH LAUNCHES AN INTERNATIONAL GRAPHIC DESIGN “YOUTH ICON” COMPETITION

Doha, 4thof September 2018:Silatech has created and launched an exciting opportunity for youth from every corner of the world to share their talents in graphic design through the Youth Icon competition.

As part of Silatech’s initiatives aiming at empowering youth and promote their role in their societies, the competition provides a unique opportunity to engage talented youth in designing an icon that represent youth on an international level. The winning design will be adopted as the youth icon of Silatech, an organization that aims to combat youth unemployment and economically empower youth through connecting them to job opportunities and resources.

The competition calls upon youth aged between 18 and 35 to submit their creative design. Deadline for submissions is October 18th, 2018, and the winner will be announced on November 11th, 2018.

The winner & creator of the icon will participate in launching it at an International event, the light will be shed on his/ her work and the design and will gain recognition in international and local media outlets as well as all Silatech social media platforms, along with other prizes to support and motivate the winner in their work.

The jury will be composed of many experts in the art and design field, including experts of

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a renowned university in the field.

Details of the application process and the terms and conditions are available on Silatech’s website http://silatech.org/youth-icon-competition.

Silatech seeks to achieve the dreams of youth to live a decent life and achieve a world that allows them to work and participate in the economic development of their societies. It works to connect youth to jobs and economic opportunities and jobs through innovative enterprise development and employment initiatives. Over the last ten years, Silatech has secured around 900,000 jobs for youth in 17 countries.