By NY Staff
Youth and Sports Minister Muamar Mutahhar Al-Iriani has called on youths to compete to win scholarships provided by the U.S. Embassy for the study of the English language.
At a meeting held this past week, Al-Iriani stressed the importance of investing in youths’ energy and minds so as to make use of their creativity in various fields.
The Minister said, “The youth represent the foundation of developing countries and Yemen has a lot of creative young people who require society’s support to help them face the difficulties they encounter.”
He went on to praise the U.S. for its political support of Yemen’s unity and stability.
For his part, U.S. official Adam Sigelman said that the U.S. Embassy was providing 180 scholarships for students to study in the U.S. on an annual basis.
“Our scholarships aim to introduce the world more closely to what Yemen is, along with its culture and traditions,” said Sigelman.
He added that the Embassy scholarships target both high school and higher education students.
Meeting coordinator Dhikra Al-Subahi praised the roles of the Yemeni government, U.S. Embassy and NGOs for providing Yemeni youths with opportunities and the chance to actively help their country.
Al-Iriani and U.S. Development Agency Director Robert Wilson also discussed ways in which bilateral efforts to develop youth and sports programs in Yemen could be enhanced.
The two officials also discussed ways in which the Youth and Sports Ministry could be restructured.