The participants in the workshop on promoting citizenship in GCC countries stressed the importance of putting the seeds of values and principles appreciated by the GCC people, on the top of which volunteering. Voluntary work stems from an ancient and deeply-rooted culture of the GCC people. Regardless the different names voluntary work has, there are one billion volunteers. They call upon forming voluntary teams all over the GCC countries and trying to deepen the culture of volunteering.
At the conclusion of the workshop organized by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in collaboration with the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel in Abu Dhabi, participants stressed the importance of unifying the frameworks of citizenship across the GCC countries and consolidating efforts to activate such frameworks for better achievements and effective communication between the peoples of the Gulf.
The participants addressed two main axes of discussion: forward-looking vision of the collaborative gulf work and activation and devotion of voluntary work in raising the awareness and culture of the GCC people.
The workshop was attended by Dr. Mohammad Ebrahim Al Mualla, Undersecretary for Higher Education Academic Affairs of the Ministry of Education, Dr. Hanadi Al-Massan, Advisor of the Secretariat General of the Gulf Cooperation Council and a large number of the students and academicians from UAE and other countries.
Dr. Fatima Al Qubaisi from Qatar University called for the development of responsible citizenship, the expansion of civil society organizations base and the design of university curricula that deal with the GCC societies as one whole integrated unit that has the same concerns, aspirations and future approaches.
Student Maryam Al Dhaheri and Marwa Youssuf of the United Arab Emirates University, student Hessa Ahmed of Zayed University and student Khaled Abdul Aziz of the University of Bahrain focused on the importance of allowing a special space in the gulf public policies for the support of the youths and the creation of a gulf youth council that unifies the youths’ efforts and activities. Such space is intended to establish joint gulf labor rules that accelerate the gulf wheel of development with the hands of the youths.
Dr. Ghada Youssuf of the University of Bahrain underlined the importance of the integration of the main aspects of collaborative gulf work, including the GCC political and security integration to protect GCC countries from the imminent threats. She referred to that it is necessary for the cultural elites in the GCC countries to crystalize joint cultural visions that unify and lead to the cooperation of the gulf societies.
Do you find this content helpful? Yes