October 26 to be observed as ‘Omani Youth Day’



Muscat: With the Royal blessings of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, October 26 will now be observed as 'Omani Youth Day' each year.

The National Youth Commission has hailed the Royal initiative, which symbolises His Majesty's wise vision, honour and care for the youth at all levels.

The commission believes that this day will be an opportunity to identify the aspirations of the Omani youth.

The Omani Youth Day would serve as an opportunity to recognise the sincere efforts made in this vital sector, and to familiarise the policy-makers with the aspirations of the youths in the country

With the Royal blessings of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, October 26 has been designated as the 'Omani Youth Day'.

The National Youth Commission hailed the Royal initiative, which symbolises His Majesty's wise vision, respect and sense of care for the youth. It also proves the deep belief and the main role the youths play in building Oman's present and its bright future.

The commission hopes that this day will provide an opportunity to identify the aspirations of the Omani youth. It hopes that it will serve as an opportunity to recognise the sincere efforts made in this vital sector, familiarising oneself with youth's aspirations to enhance their participation in the national cause.

Dr Hamad bin Hamoud Al Ghafri, Chairman of the National Youth Commission, praised the Royal initiative and affirmed that the commission would continue its steady strides to carry out its obligations diligently.

He added that dedicating a day for the Omani youth is a Royal blessing by His Majesty for the youth and all organisations involved in youth work. This will help them carry out their tasks and attach due care to the vision and capabilities of the youth.

He urged the youth and all the institutions in the Sultanate to consider this day as a platform for recognising the youth's energies and an opportunity for periodic review of the progress made and the plans ahead. He expressed deep thanks to His Majesty the Sultan for continuously caring for all segments of the Omani society.

Vocational skills
The commission had earlier conducted surveys to identify the demands of the youths in different areas. The youths pointed out the need to hone their vocational skills through training in public and private sector organisations. They also said that the characteristics of both genders should be taken into consideration while making nominations for employment.

The commission raised its reports about the youths' demands to the respective agencies, as outlined in the Royal Decree to establish the National Youth Commission.

The National Youth Commission approved, at its second meeting for the second year of the first session, about 14 events in pursuance of implementing some of the recommendations from the surveys.

These events included a seminar on innovation at the end of December 2013. The commission will also participate in the 19th Muscat Book Fair, scheduled to be held in February-end next year.

The commission also conducts a number of training and rehabilitation programmes for youth entrepreneurs. It also organises the media forum and 'Thanks Youth' initiative.

During the meeting, the commission reviewed a number of reports and the progress made to implement the plans.

The commission also reviewed accomplishment forms for the events scheduled for 2013 and 2014.

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