I am delighted to confirm that finally Bahrain has emerged into a positive spotlight. Thanks to the media, there has been less pessimism and criticism on the crisis and more focus on building bridges especially among the young, highlighting the kingdoms' youth initiative programmes.
For months, we have observed continuous destruction and violent actions by certain Bahraini youths. These have kept roads hostage. For example, they burn tyres and set up homemade bombs on the main streets and highways. The local police have managed to control these actions by introducing various methods, including tear gas, and water guns. Having said that, these sorts of actions are considered major crimes and those who commit them have been punished.
In contrast, I am proud to observe and to read about the Bahraini Youth Olympic Delegation's participation in the 2012 London Olympic Games. This goes with extended thanks and much appreciation to His Majesty King Hamad for initiating and supporting youth empowerment programmes such as the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport.
Today, there are more than 10,500 athletes from all over the globe lined up for this major event. Among them are 12 Bahraini athletes. Bahrain has taken part in three disciplines, namely athletics, shooting and swimming. Bahrain's participation in this major event is an opportunity to highlight the kingdoms' commitment towards youth empowerment and promote a positive image of Bahrain.
As an educator, I tend to investigate and seek solutions for youth violence crisis. The current crisis in Bahrain could be solved through the education system. The Education Ministry could introduce a life skills programme that can be implemented in local schools.
Last week, I read an article in the GDN that the ministry is studying the possibility of introducing life skills programmes in local schools. I salute our government on seeking and fostering peaceful solutions. Having said that evidence has shown thatl life skills and adolescence programmes such as Skoun and Dare bring together families, educators, and community members. It helps our youth gain a healthy approach to life. It also helps our youth develop their citizenship skills, their commitment to family, schools and country. Likewise, the mullahs and religious leaders have a greater role and responsibility to preach peaceful solutions, non-violent skills and respect the laws of the nation.
With this in mind, I would urge our readers to also think of peaceful solutions and to share them with officials.
Let us work together to keep our country safe!
I conclude with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, "The future depends on what we do in the present."
May God Bless Bahrain under the leadership of our King, Prime Minister and Crown Prince.