Ministry holds panel discussion to promote political participation among youth

ABU DHABI, — As part of its efforts to promote a culture of political participation among youth, the Ministry of State for Federal National Council, recently organised a panel discussion for students in Abu Dhabi.

In collaboration with Abu Dhabi Education Council and Creative Lab in the Media Zone Authority in Abu Dhabi (towfour54), the session themed ‘positive citizenship’, was attended by over 30 students from different school.

The knowledge of rights and duties towards the county, how youth can express their love and loyalty to the homeland and its leadership, creative approaches in expressing the spirit of positive citizenship and how the youth of the UAE can become ambassadors of positivity and contributors to development of the country, were the topics of discussion.

Tariq Hilal Lootah, Under-Secretary of the Ministry, explained that enhancing political awareness among the community is a national duty that needs the collaborative efforts of all. “The panel discussion is in line with our goal of strengthening a culture of political participation culture among youth. Our leadership sees them as the leaders of the future who can contribute to continuing the match of prosperity and development of the country across all sectors,” he said.

Maryam Al Mheiri, Acting CEO of twofour54, said: “Our leadership believes in the importance of youth engagement and has created platforms to raise awareness of their responsibilities towards our nation. This event comes as part of the culture of having an open dialogue with the youth, aiming to open the door for students to explore their creative potential and share their ideas and expectations of how to positively and effectively contribute to society. Helping young people to define their contribution to the future of the UAE is an important part of what we aim for at twofour54.”

Colonel Dr. Ahmad Ali Alkhzimi, Director of the Officers’ Training Institute at the Ministry of Interior, asserted in his speech, that positive citizenship is the bet for the future and the effective way to achieve prosperity and progress of the UAE. “Positive citizenship is defined by dedication and loyalty in performing the duties of citizens, as well as volunteering, conserving the values of our nation, and launching and participating in constructive initiatives in addition to academic excellence. Positive citizenship contributes to building generations capable of boosting the nation and building on its achievements,” he added.

The ministry is also keen on organising periodical series of awareness lectures directed to all segments of society, such as young people and women to enhance their political awareness and contribute to the promotion of belonging to the homeland and its wise leadership.

Source: Emirates News Agency