Can you give us an introduction to Rubu' Qarn? What was the main reason behind its creation and what are its main objectives?
The Rubu' Qarn Foundation for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators in the Emirate of Sharjah (Rubu' Qarn Foundation) was established in 2016 by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs. The initiative was conceived to be a platform that will nurture a generation of young leaders in the Emirate of Sharjah and aspires to achieve this by providing young people with a comprehensive array of age-appropriate activities designed to inculcate within them the values necessary to elevate the status of Sharjah at both the national and international levels. The Ruba' Qarn Foundation is an umbrella organisation for four Sharjah-based government entities: Sharjah Children Centres, Sharjah Youth Centres, Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah, and Sharjah Tatweer Forum. It unifies their respective activities to ensure that messages around innovation and leadership are standardized and tailored for the correct ages. Under Her Highness's guidance, the foundation will invest in youth capacity building and foster the talents of young people, with its overall aim being to contribute to the creation of a positive and developed society that leads to prosperity for all its members.
What role does Rubu' Qarn play in promoting the socioeconomic development of Sharjah?
The Rubu' Qarn foundation believes that civic values and leadership are learned at an early age. It is committed to instilling social and communal values among children during their formative years and then developing these into their adulthood to equip them with the skills they need to best serve their communities in every way, including economically. By doing so, the foundation enables children to develop a mindset and set of ambitions which they can use in careers that directly and indirectly positively impact their emirate's economy. The foundation was founded on the principles of creating a cadre of young leaders who can drive the Emirate of Sharjah forward. One important specific initiative for young adults with respect to socioeconomic development is the Sharjah Leadership Programme, which was established by the Sharjah Tatweer Forum. Aimed at discovering and developing candidates to become effective leaders of change, the programme uses key training sessions covering appropriate management principles and experience-backed learning techniques and has been formulated to develop leaders who are well informed and focused on the development of Sharjah. It is organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah and Honorary President of Sharjah Tatweer Forum.
What are your expectations and biggest ambitions for 2017?
The Rubu' Qarn Foundation formalizes and brings under a single umbrella efforts to advance innovation and develop a cadre of leaders who will progress UAE society. It represents a new way forward in Sharjah's and the UAE leadership's strategy to place the nation among the world's top countries and to ensure the wellbeing, security, and stability for all its people. Areas that the foundation is focusing on for the future include entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity and innovation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), 21st century skills, and linking Sharjah's goals with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout the remainder of 2017, the foundation will be working to expand its horizons of cooperation, enhance its existing partnerships, seek new partners and develop more effective methods of communication with national, Arabic, and international stakeholders. Rubu' Qarn is going through the process of formalizing a new strategy that will streamline the direction of all four entities into a unified vision, with the direction to be formally announced at the end of the year.