13 Aug 2017 - 2:21
‘Sama-Nama’ launched for social entrepreneurs
By Amna Pervaiz Rao / The Peninsula
Nama Center marked International Youth Day yesterday at Drama Theater, Katara, and launched the largest innovative programme for social entrepreneurs called ‘Sama-Nama’.
In addition to its participation in the International Youth Day 2017 under the theme ‘Youth Building Peace’, the Nama Center celebrated youth contributions to conflict prevention, the consolidation of sustainable peace and the achievement of social justice.
The celebrations included holding a seminar on the role of Qatari youth in spreading peace amid siege crisis. A number of Qatari media personalities, artists and influencers took part in the event and highlighted the role of the ‘Best Buddies Qatar’ initiative in supporting young people with special needs. The Best Buddies Qatar Ambassador delivered a speech on the occasion.
Talking to The Peninsula, Abdul Rehman Al Sayed, Head of Community of Outreach at Nama Canter, said: “Today we are proud to be a part of this event, International Youth Day is marked worldwide. Youth plays an important role in Qatari society, as they are the leaders of the future in Qatar. We launched our programme ‘Sama-Nama’ and our new website. This project aims to develop young social entrepreneurs in Qatari society. Social entrepreneurship is new in our region. This programme is of two weeks to be held one in Qatar and one abroad, which will include lectures, workshops and physical activities. This project is to bring the best proposal in light.”
“The website allows the public to communicate directly with officials about the services provided by the Center and to obtain more information. Through the website, visitors can also register for the electronic newsletter to follow the latest news and activities of the Center,” he added.
The design of the new website of Nama provides an attractive and interactive platform for users who want to know more about the services provided by the Center. The website is moreover characterised by its variety of content, making visiting the new site a useful and enjoyable experience at the same time.
On this occasion, Maryam bint Abdullatif Al Mannai, Acting Executive Manager of Nama Center, said: “Our participation in the International Youth Day 2017 comes in the context of the implementation of our strategic approach, which focuses on nurturing human capital of youth, represented by the youth segment in particular.”
“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. 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,” she added.
Laalei Abu Alfain, Executive Director of Best Buddies Qatar initiative, said: “Best Buddies Qatar is keen to support youth in all fields, especially young people with special needs. Youth play an important role in Qatari society. Young people with special needs are also now achieving education. Today I was proud to see our ambassador, she delivered a speech on the occasion of International Youth Day.”