Syrian youths propose practical ideas for administrative reform

Syrian youths can be active partners in drawing up national strategies in many fields as they have practical ideas that can be translated into action despite the ongoing foreign-backed terror war on the country.

Some of these ideas were presented during the 1st youth Conference for Human Development  kicked off Saturday at Damascus University auditorium under the patronage of President Bashar al-Assad.

"There must be a governmental commission affiliated to the cabinet in order to be a reference for youths affairs,"Miss. Hiba Saleem, who is taking part in the conference, told the Syriatimes e-newspaper's reporter.

She presented a worksheet about challenges and opportunities affecting young human resources.

"I made several suggestions based on challenges that face youths, such as terrorism and unemployment,"  she said, stressing the need to put a national strategy by the cabinet in order to empower youths on the ground, especially during reconstruction process.


Miss. Saleem has graduated from Political Sciences Faculty and has earned a master degree in international economic relations. She is a trainee in the National Institute of Administration (INA).

FadiRahhal, who is a lawyer and has a master degree in business law, told us that his worksheet deals with concerns of university students , mainly the gap between academic study and labor market.

"unfortunately, labor market requires experience, which university student does not have, because his/her study is theoretical and not practical. So, specialized master's program was one of the main suggestions to overcome this problem" he added.

The young lawyer pointed out that there was cooperation between Damascus university and 5 French universities in specialized master's programs but it was stopped at the beginning of crisis in Syria in 2011.

He underlined the importance of developing  the content of university books and to use the same university books in all Syrian universities. 

"We discussed the idea of setting up a training center, I called it a training academy, at the level of republic, for public sector. We also talked about setting up a central data for those who are looking for jobs and employees," al-Rahhal said, asserting that it is very easy to translate all suggested ideas into action during the current circumstances the country is going through.

'young leaders'  program

Around 12 worksheets, selected from 56 ones, are to be transparency discussed in the conference that aims to upgrade the performance of young human resources and to protect them in order to take part in rebuilding Syria," according to Minister of Administrative Development   Dr. Salam Saffaf.

The minister said during the opening ceremony of the conference: "Ministry of Administrative Development  is seeking to  prepare youths in order to disseminate culture of development and administrative reform based on dialogue and exchanging viewpointsabout the priorities of national administrative reform project launched by President Bashar al-Assad. "

She made it clear that the ministry will launch 'young leaders'  program for state employees and 'entrepreneurship' program for supporting the national strategy  of empowering youths to rebuild Syria after more than seven years offoreign-backed terror war on the country.

" It is necessary to enhance national identity and belongingness  for building sustainable future for the country," Dr. Saffan said. .

Thesix-day event held by Ministry of Administrative Development and the Syrian Students National Union (SSNU)  under the banner 'Creative Youth...Leading Institutions'  includes discussions, workshops  and lectures on strengthening leadership capacities, connecting education track with training, challenges that face young human resources , measurement of administrative performance and combating administrative corruption. 

Reported by : BasmaQaddour