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CAIRO, Aug 13, 2018 (MENA) - Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi and Chairman of Misr El Kheir Board of Trustees Dr Ali Gomaa launched a campaign targeting the revival of good values and morals in the society.

The conference started with playing the national anthem followed by screening a documentary on the campaign . Then, Dr Gomaa delivered a speech, appreciating the role played by the Youth and Sports Ministry in supporting the campaign.

During his speech, Sobhi thanked Agyal Foundation and the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) for their role in backing the young people and the campaign. 

Sobhi asserted that all the campaigns launched by him during the coming phase will target raising the awareness of the young people and urging them to work hard.

Concerning the return of the football fans to stadiums, he affirmed that his ministry will launch an awareness campaign in this regard to allow 5,000 fans to attend matches as of September.

CAIRO, Aug 12 , 2018 (MENA) - Egypt’s official statistics agency CAPMAS said youths aged between 18 to 29 are estimated at 20.2 million, representing 21% of the country’s population according to the 2018 statistics.

In a statement on the occasion of the International Youth Day that falls on August 12, the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) said 50.6 per cent of the youth are males and 49.4 per cent are females.

It added that 49 per cent of youths are employed while 25.7 per cent remain jobless.

Some 38.3 per cent of the unemployed youth hold university degrees while 30.7 per cent of them hold technical diploma degrees.

According to CAPMAS, 44.6% of youths use computers, 87.9% use mobile phones and 47.4% use the internet.

Cairo came first on the list of governorates recording high use of information technology tools among youths while border governorates came last.

The theme of 2018 International Youth Day is Safe Spaces for Youth as the United Nations highlighted that youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves.

CAIRO, August 11, 2018 (MENA) – Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi said Saturday that the Youth Ministry was paying a special interest in investing in human resources and providing supportive environment to people, according to the directions of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

Sobhi’s remarks came during the inauguration of the ministry’s project to hone the youths’ skills in the Upper Egypt governorates of Assuit, Sohag, Qena, and Aswan.

The project comes in cooperation with UNICEF, and UNDP. It targets young people at ages 13-24. The beneficiaries should be trained on honing their skills, and managing small projects, especially in the private sector.

At least 72 thousand have been benefited from the program during its previous two phases.

 

CAIRO, August 11, 2018 (MENA) - Three Egyptian boxers will compete in the 2018 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Hungary this month.

The tournament, to kick off in August 19, is the final qualifier for the 2018 Olympic Games, which will be held in October in Argentina, Wael Talaat, a senior official at Egyptian Federation of Boxing told MENA late Friday.

The fighters are Ahmed el-Sawey (+-91kg), Youssef Karar (64kg) , and Marawan Mamdouh (60kg), Talaat noted.

Due to injury, a fourth boxer, Ahmed Fareed, has been excluded from the Egyptian mission.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, August 10, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi led on Friday a marathon in Alexandria governorate.

The marathon started from Alexandria Gleim district to Sidi Gaber area with the participation of many youths and Alexandria Governor Mohamed Sultan.

The event comes within a framework of the ministry's strategy and initiative on spreading the culture of running and cycling.

During his visit to the governorate, Sobhi will inspect a number of youth and sports facilities in the city.

 

By the Mail Editorial Board

THE convening of the sixth national youth conference in Cairo University’s main convention hall in the presence and under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi was a highly significant event especially given that that was the largest ever such gathering of the representatives of the country’s young people since the inception of the conference as an annual event. With the participation of nearly three thousand young people symbolising the nation’s rising generation, the event emerged as a vibrant platform for two-way communication and mutual understanding between young people, the segment that constitutes 57 per cent of the demographic structure of the society, and the state. In effect, the conference asserted itself as an efficient mechanism for dynamic interaction between the country’s political leadership and the highest decision-making officials on the one hand and the representatives of young people on the other hand.

Fostering the worthiness and profound significance of this mechanism is President Sisi’s noticeable keenness on personally inaugurating such conferences, caringly listening to young people’s concerns and visions for the future, speaking directly to them and extensively engaging in debates and discussions. The presence of government ministers and senior state officials enhances the efficiency of the mechanism since they are in charge of the state’s executive apparatus; hence the larger chances for the conclusions of the dialogue between the political leadership and young people to find their way to actual consideration and projection into the government’s policies and plans of action.

The choice of Cairo University as a venue for the event is also profoundly significant. It is Egypt’s oldest seat of modern academic learning that has forwarded quite a number of the country’s crème of notable thinkers, academicians, scholars and pioneers of renewal in literature, social sciences and many other branches of human knowledge. And it is the academic institution that has since its establishment served as a beacon of intellectual enlightenment, cultural awakening and scientific advancement. It suffices in this regard to recall the names of the Doyen of modern Arabic Literature, Taha Hussein, Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, encyclopedic philosopher Abdul-Rahman Badawi and internationally-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Magdi Yacoub, to mention only a few of those who rose to world eminence. They are indeed so much wonderful models from whom the rising generations can draw inspiration in the pursuit of intellectual excellence, distinction in learning and love of knowledge; hence the value of holding this year’s conference and discussions under the iconic dome of Cairo University.

The spirit of dialogue and caring understanding that permeated the conference, the venue with its value and the quality of participation have all provided a suitable setting for President Sisi’s declaration of 2019 as the Year of Education and the launching of the national project for upgrading all aspects of the education system – the ambitious undertaking that would tremendously contribute to the realisation of the main goals of sustainable development for many decades to come.

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