Some individuals appear to be blessed with natural leadership qualities but how is this level of competence achieved? This is precisely what is outlined in the “I am young and an initiator” workshop organized by Mohammad Bin Khalid Al Nahyan Association at the Sharjah International Book Fair.
At times, society has had rather dismissive and ageist views regarding the youth, frequently declaring thoughtless statements such as “children should be seen and not heard” but this attitude is out of date and changing thanks to workshops like this, which aim to bring out the true potential of individuals from a young age. The reality is that children are the future and therefore one is never too young to develop entrepreneurial skills which can greatly help in the future and assist in an increased level of confidence.
Aya Mustafa, a trainer at the association, began by asking the children what an initiator is and what qualities do they have. As she passed the mike around the table, she listened intently to the children’s various opinions with individualized attention as she created an open dialogue. She proceeded to give examples of influential leaders and initiators, such as the rulers of the UAE and other famous contemporary and historical readers.
She asked the children to reflect about what we can learn from these exemplary people and what sets them apart from others. She stressed on the importance of brushing up on current affairs and playing an active role within your own community. Mustufa incorporated Islamic values into the forum effectively and talks about ways in which Islam encourages leadership traits.
Merging religion with practical advice made this workshop contemporary yet rooted in imperative cultural values.
The Mohammad Bin Khalid Al Nahyan Association has a lot of variation regarding the workshops that are available, for instance their “Professional Careers” workshop is perfectly suitable for younger children.
Every session, they highlight popular professions in the community such as doctors, policemen, teachers and the occupation du jour was firemen. Mariam Al – Wahsh, the trainer, gave the kids a brief overview about a day in the life of a fireman and what his job actually entails.
During the PowerPoint presentation she prepared, she talked a little bit about the equipment firemen use and where they work. She consistently tested the children’s attention by asking them questions about a fireman’s responsibilities. To finish off the session, the kids were treated to a session of coloring where they received cute black and white templates of firemen’s trucks. This finished off the class with just the right note of lightheartedness. A perfect end to a highly informative afternoon.