Doha: (Agencies:12/8/2009): Qatar joined the world in celebrating the 10th International Youth Day with a vivacious culturally rich programme hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage at the Al Yarmouk Independent Preparatory School for Boys yesterday.
After cutting a ribbon to mark the opening of the Day, the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, HE Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kuwari said that the youths were the true wealth of the Qatari society and also its future, pointing out their uniqueness in terms of culture, education and heritage.
Earlier, H.E. inspected a large mural painting, made by more than 100 young men and women who are members of various youth clubs.
The mural included drawings consistent with the United Nations’ slogan for this year’s World Youth Day “Sustainability, Challenges and Future”.
An art exhibition was held on the sidelines and included photographs and handicrafts and works of art, made by young people, during the various clubs’ summer activities. Sustainability, this year’s central theme of the celebration focuses on environment, society and economy and the need to adopt a global sense of responsibility in embracing the challenge of sustainability in its fullness.
The minister along with a number of officials witnessed the students as they signed their hopes and wishes for the future on a gigantic poster especially set up for the occasion at the school gym.
Donning traditional clothes, students from various schools presented native dances and patriotic songs during the hour-long programme. The audience was impressed by the ardha dance performed by a troupe carrying swords and wooden rifles as they sang and danced to the lively beat of hand drums.
An exhibition of photographs and native products such as dolls, pottery, garments and miniature display items was also put up in the venue, in addition to mouth-watering Arabic native delicacies made available for guests to sample.
Designated by the United Nations in 1999, International Youth Day is an awareness day which draws attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding an endangered demographic.