By: Abdurrahman Shamlan
In an effort to encourage creativity in Yemen, the British Council – in cooperation with the Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training – announced on Saturday that three creative students from technical and vocational institutes will receive awards this year.
The awards aim to foster a competitive environment among students at the institutes, and to encourage students to display and sharpen their talents.
At a ceremony surrounding the announcement, Minister of Technical Education and Vocational Training Abdul-Hafedh Noman underlined the importance of recognizing creative students.
“The prizes which will be given to the creative students are merely recognition by the community that these students are distinctive. They should play a moral role rather than a materialistic one,” said Noman.
“God created us to be creative and to build and develop our surroundings. If creativity is not rewarded and recognized, it will shrink and eventually disappear,” noted Noman.
He added that Yemeni society should stop looking down on students at technical and vocational institutes as they are of a great deal of importance to many fields.
For his part, the director of the British Council pointed out that while this year only three creative students from the technical and vocational training institutes will be awarded, in the coming years students from all institute departments will be included and considered for awards.
Rihab Al-Saqqaf, General Director of Activities and Students Services at the Ministry of Technical Education and Vocational Training, told the National Yemen that prizes would not only be given to students, but also to the winner’s instructor and to his institute.
According to Al-Saqqaf, the prizes to be awarded to the students will be laptops, certificates and a sum of money provided by the British Council.