Al Waqt - July 28, 2008
This article was originally published in Arabic:
A group of Bahraini youth called upon “purifying” the project of Bahrain Youth Parliament from “impurities” to allow real representative participation for Bahraini youth in forming the Parliament that should target youth between 16 and 30 years old. That was discussed in an open forum recently organized by TakingITGlobal-Youth for Change project focal point, Sayed Adnan. The open form was entitled “Bahraini Youth dialogue with the World” and was attended by 42 young people.
The participants also discussed the aspirations of Bahraini youth, and stressed that they didn’t know about the “Youth Parliament project”, currently in the hands of Bahrain Institute for Political Development. They demanded better promotion for the project by media after agreeing on clear and established criteria for participants’ age and legibility and other procedural details.
The attendance considered that the programs available for Bahraini Youth are insufficient and inferior to their ambitions, and asked for breaking the routine of youth events and looking for alternatives to usual programs that do not attract young people’s attention. They pointed out the importance of an initiative from the Ministry of Information or private corporations to “establish a youth space channel with a goal that avoids the usual stereotypical view about similar youth channels.”
The participants also highlighted the importance of the presence of institutions that look for hidden talents of youth in different regions of Bahrain, stressing that “Educational institutions lack insight when it comes to talents of students. It’s not necessary that students that get high grades are talented and vice versa. A lazy student can have dormant talent but unfortunately doesn’t get enough care for his talent to flourish in line with rectifying his lag in learning”.