His Highness Amir’s support to youth highly appreciated

KUWAIT, March 23 (KUNA) — The Ministry of State for Youth Affairs highly appreciated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the government for their support to the Kuwaiti youth, and keenness to listen to their views as part of “Kuwait Listens.” Director of Public Relations and Information at the ministry Nasser Al-Arfaj made the statement to KUNA on Wednesday on the sidelines of the ceremony held to honor winners of Kuwait’s award for youth excellence, and creativity, patronized and attended by His Highness the Amir at Bayan Palace.
He added that designating March 13 a day for the Kuwaiti youth is part of His Highness the Amir’s great attention to youth and the “Kuwait Listens” initiative which has offered young people the chance to take part in drawing up a roadmap for the future of the nation.
Since it was established, the youth ministry has been committed to the initiative through following up the relevant government bodies and organizing development projects to open the door wide for all creative Kuwaitis, Al-Arfaj added.
A host of Kuwaiti youth proposed forward the idea of Kuwait’s award for youth excellence and creativity to the Minister of Information, Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah who adopted, and promoted it till it became a reality, he said.
The ministry’s senior media official said that up to 500 young people had applied to the award, only 173 met the conditions. The first top ten were honored this morning, as well as other participants.
This is the first time the competition is organized in Kuwait, and the Arab World, with awards totaling KD 100,000 in ten categories, Al-Arfaj said. (KD 1 = USD 3.31) He noted that organizing the competition this year will open the door wide for more initiatives to encourage young people for further innovation.
The ministry played the coordinator between the public and the private sector, and was neither an executive body nor evaluated participants, he said.
A higher committee that was chaired by Sheikh Salman, with members from ten government institutions, evaluated each case separately, Al-Arfaj said.
Aisha Al-Abdullah, whose collection of poetry won the arts and culture award, told KUNA that the prize encouraged her to lavish further efforts to manifest how the Kuwaiti youth are interested in reading and culture.
Winner of the architecture, planning and housing prize Deima Al-Ghneim said the idea behind her project is based on cultural tours around Kuwait to present strategic studies on the urban structure of the country.
Saud Walid Al-Fadel, who was awarded the voluntary work prize, said that it had crowned his efforts to work harder for the good of the nation.
For his part, Mohammad Al-Hendi, winner of the Sharia sciences award, expressed gratitude to the political leadership and Sheikh Salman, and the staff of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs, for organizing the competition.
Al-Hendi presented video footages, each of three minutes on YouTube, for teaching the correct way of reciting the Holu Qur’an. (end) mk.ns.msa