Initiative description: Continuing to organise an annual youth panel to provide groups of young people living in Qatar with the opportunity to learn about tournament preparations from the inside by visiting stadiums and infrastructure sites, and engaging directly with architects, engineers and leading experts involved in preparations for the tournament.
The Youth Panel was a training and development programme for students aged 14-21 recruited from schools throughout Qatar. A total of 18 stakeholders contributed to the programme delivery, including the Josoor Institute, Aspire, Qatar Rail, Qatar Volunteers, Al Kass and Hamad International Airport. The final youth panel class graduated in 2021, bringing the total number of alumni to 160 from 35 different schools.
The programme enabled participants to gain leadership skills, insight into volunteerism, and training in social media and the delivery of events. Students had the unique opportunity to visit the FIFA World Cup™ stadiums and other sites, enjoying exclusive access to architects, engineers and leading experts involved in building the foundations for the tournament. The students then reported their learnings to their peers through school assemblies, presentations and posting films or photos on social media, increasing the reach of the information among the community.
The SC is now planning periodic activities for the youth panel alumni, which will take place until the start of the tournament. The aim is to ensure that graduates can put their newly acquired skills into practice – such as becoming certified stadium tour guides, acting as Tamreen advocates, or volunteering during milestone events.
“With the youth panel alumni programme, graduates will have a pathway to the next level of engagement with the SC and be able to harness the new skills and information they have gained during their time on the panel. As the next generation of young leaders in Qatar, we are excited to see these youngsters' contributions in delivering a memorable world-class event in 2022.”