Developing Qatar’s Youth for a Digital Future

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Youth White Paper

In this new digital age, young people are learning, thinking, and communicating in ways that are fundamentally different from those of previous generations. Today, youth function in an interactive environment without any geographical constraints, and have access to information from around the world. Thus, fundamental skills and values - such as social ethics, critical thinking, and empowerment - have evolved and have new applications in the digital environment. Many new “21st-century” skills and principles have emerged in the past decade and are now essential for personal development.

This is just the beginning. The digital world of tomorrow is filled with endless possibilities: the coming decade will bring continuous production of mass data sets, augmented reality, machine-to-machine communication, and so much more.

A young person’s world will be a complex playground of empowering technologies, invisible protections, and stimulating connections. How do we as a nation prepare our youth to best utilize and benefit from the unlimited potential of technology in their professional, social, and personal lives?

Qatar aims to build a modern, world-class educational system that provides students with a first-rate education on par with that of the world’s top educational institutions. The system will provide excellent training and opportunities to develop its students’ full potential, preparing them for success in a changing world with increasingly com­plex technical requirements. This education system will encourage critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. It will promote social cohesion and respect for the Qatari societal values and heritage and will advocate for constructive interaction with other nations.

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) further explored these issues in a two-day roundtable discussion held in March 2015 with leaders from government, business, academia, and NGOs, along with other key stakeholders, to allow them to play a role in shaping the future for Qatar’s youth. Feedback and input from the roundtable are captured in this white paper.

 

To view the white paper, you can visit this link.