The University’s first initiative “Water and Our Youth” marked the inauguration of the “A Year of Water” Program in Bahrain. This event was held under the patronage of H.E. Jameel Bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, Minister of Labor & Social Development and H.E. Prof. Riyad Yousif Hamzah, President of the University of Bahrain. It took place on the 11th of July at the Sharifa Alawadhi Youth and Children Club and was organized to involve the younger citizens of Bahrain.

The objective of “Water and Our Youth” was to create a participatory art event in which the younger generations of Bahrain could think about the subject of water and create original artwork around three proposed topics which will also be addressed in the conference: Water and the Home; Water and the Environment; and Sharing Water. Over 80 children and youth of the Sharifa Al-Awadhi Club, ranging between the ages of 7 and 15, participated in the launching of the water year, an activity which contributed to the club’s goals to include and promote children in scientific and national events.

Present at this afternoon of art and water was H.E. Prof. Riyad Yousif Hamzah, President of the University of Bahrain, Assistant Undersecretary for Community Development at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Mr. Khalid Ishaq Al-Kooheji, and members of the Steering Committee of the FEMRC-UoB Conference.

As a continuation of the YOW Program, the plan is that at a date close to the University of Bahrain-Future Earth Conference of February 2020, the artworks will be exhibited in a new location in Bahrain and additionally, that they will be incorporated into banners for public spaces as part of the conference’s water awareness campaign.