An observer of the service, activities and programs currently being available to orphans promptly realizes that they mainly
concentrate on the material support which is limited to providing the least subsistence to those who lost their parents at an early age.
For this reason, this Conference theme primarily focuses on looking for suitable ways to provide orphans with an educational and comprehensive
environment to assisting them to become constructive and productive members in the society, as well as promoting their citizenship values and
preserving their Islamic and national identity.
The Conference objectives (Towards A Productive Educational Environment for Orphans) are as follows:
- Raising the standard of the services provided to orphans by the concerned establishments in GCC states.
- Developing educational services to this segment of the community in line with modern developments.
- Establishing essential programs and educational projects for this segment of the community.
- Highlighting the importance of the psychological aspect in the healthy bringing up of orphans.
- Explaining the importance of promoting citizenship values and ways of preserving their Islamic and national identity.
- Forming a Gulf partnership in the field of orphan services to raise the standard of the services provided to orphans.
Topic 1: Presenting pioneering experiments in the field of orphan care.
Topic 2: The psychological construction of orphan personalities.
Topic 3: Skills in dealing with cases of loss.
Topic 4: The influence of Arab and foreign media on bringing up orphans.
Topic 5: Network of cooperation between local and Gulf authorities working in the field of orphan care.
Topic 6: Workshops on developing quality comprehensive orphan care programs.
Under the auspices of HE Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa,
Minister of the Royal Court, Kingdom of Bahrain, and in response to an invitation by the Orphans' Sponsorship Committee at the Royal Court,
Kingdom of Bahrain, the 1st Orphans Conference was held on 3-4 Rabea Al Awwal 1427 Hijra. corresponding to 1-2 April 2006 A.D at the Conference Centre,
Crown Plaza Hotel, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. A number of specialists took part in this Conference at which the following action papers were discussed: التالية:
- Psychological Construction of Orphans by Dr. Mustafa Abo Saad, Human Development and Positive Education Trainer, Morocco.
- Gulf Partnership in the Field of Orphan Services by Mr. Satea Abdul Mohsin Al Khashram, Head of Orphan Care Section, Foreign Activities Directorate, Kuwait Zakat House, Kuwait.
- Bahrain Experiment in the Care for Orphans of Unknown Parents by Dr. Akbar Mohsin Mohammed, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Childhood Care House, Kingdom of Bahrain
- Orphan Care… a Jordanian Experiment at the Social Care Council of the Charity Islamic Centre Society, Jordan, by Eng. Abdul Hameed Al Adhayla, Director of the Social Welfare Council and Dr. Anwar Abu Diyak, an educational supervisor at the Council.
- Creative Orphans, General Secretariat of the Charity Committees at the Social Reform Society, State of Kuwait, by Dr. Shaikh Jassim bin Mohammed Muhalhal Al Yasin, Secretary-General of the General Secretariat of the Charity Committees at the Social Reform Society.
- Skills in Dealing with Lost Children and Teenagers by Dr. Humood Fahad Al Qasha'an, Family Guidance Consultant, University of Kuwait.
- The Experiment of the Royal Charity Organisation of the Royal Court, Kingdom of Bahrain, by Mr. Hassan Jassim Zuwaid, Secretary General of the Royal Charity Organisation.
- Forms of Care for Children with Special Needs by Dr. Abdulla bin Nasser Al Sadhan, Assistant Undersecretary of Social Development, Ministry of Social Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Impact of Television on the Orphan Child by Dr. Adnan Jassim Bumutea, Assistant Professor, Media Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Bahrain.
- The Experiment of the Yemeni Charitable Social Reform Society in Orphans Care and Sponsorship by Mr. Taha Humood Al Ezzani, Head of the Society's Orphans Section.
Some 250 delegates representing 105 societies from the Kingdom of Bahrain, GCC countries, Jordan, Yemen and the GCC General Secretariat took part in the event. Below are the Conference's recommendations:
- Establishing permanent partnership agreements with institutions working in the field of orphan care at the level of each country, GCC and Arab levels as well as with UN organizations.
- Treating orphans on equal footing with other society segments in terms of rights or duties.
- Necessity of changing the social perception of an orphan child as being an individual in need of care and sympathy into one that recognizes the orphan as a person who have all the rights to receive the care and services received by others. This change can be realised by launching awareness campaigns, stressing the Islamic values and changing the traditional social view towards orphans through media means.
- Reviewing the orphan welfare systems in place at country level and comparing them with the international systems to establish a comprehensive and appropriate orphan welfare system with the least problems to ensure equality and integrating them in the community.
- Investigating the possibility of applying alternative family system so as this segment can be cared for by qualified families trained to address their problems whether for a reasonable consideration or for free. This will do away with the need for providing orphan accommodation in orphan care institutions and will facilitate addressing the specific circumstances of each child separately and n the most appropriate manner.
- Involving GCC General Secretariat in organizing programs for the exchange of expertise between all the establishments operating in this field in the GCC states and other Arab countries through visits and benefiting from the more advanced experiments in this field.
- Reviewing how sufficient is the material aid provided to orphan families to meet their living needs and to work towards providing them with sufficient substance through ensuring comprehensive care for such families.
- Establishing vocational and technical centres and enhancing orphans' talents to prepare them to the labour market and qualify them engage in suitable trades or professions to earn a living.
- Setting up psychological and educational centres to provide guidance and counseling to orphans and their families.
- Stressing the need for combating the phenomenon of children of unknown parents which results from the illegal relationship between a man and a woman by taking several steps, on the top of which is promoting moral values, strengthening the religious faith and combating the factors that encourage such relationships.
- Organizing courses and workshops for those dealing with children with special needs, particularly orphans, on how to deal with them and take practical steps to help them adapt with themselves and integrate into the community gradually to create a highly efficient technical staff.
- Presenting orphans in Arabic drama works as successful and independent persons.
- Organizing annual local, Gulf and Arab forums in which a group of orphans take part to discuss their issues and determine their priorities in relation to their accommodation centres and sponsorship.
- Encouraging businessmen and wealthy people to support orphans and the establishments that provide shelter and care to them, and provide financial assistance to support programs that provide care to orphan children, This should be promoted by an integrated media campaign in which government and private institutions take part.
- Stressing the need to provide appropriate training for the staff involved in supervising orphan affairs in the Arab states, to provide guidance to children in selecting the suitable satellite channel programs that they can watch, useful Internet websites, and protect them from acquiring bad habits in using the Internet such as addicting to viewing pornographic websites or spending too much time in chatting.
- Encouraging the establishment of local companies engaged in the production of children programs. Encouraging the local productions which are based on our moral values and Islamic principles to replace the ready-made foreign programs.
- Encouraging studies on the impact of television on orphan children and developing programs that encourage researchers in this field to protect these children from any bad influences that may affect their conduct.
- Preparing an educational guide on evaluating orphan child behaviour and developing his abilities and personality.
- Securing educational sponsorships for outstanding orphans upon coming out of sponsorship age to enable them complete their university education.
- Developing media awareness on the importance of taking care of orphan infants within a family through breastfeeding to develop the family concept within the orphan child.
- Establishing a permanent body to develop a mechanism to implement the Conference recommendations in accordance with their priorities, follow up such implementation and keep in contact with all the institutions that took part in the Conference as follows:
- The Royal Charity Organisation at the Royal Court will represent the concerned establishments in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
- Each country will appoint one establishment to represent it in this body.
- The Royal Charity Organisation at the Royal Court, Kingdom of Bahrain, is to host this conference every two years to discuss the latest developments in this area, review methods of how to enhance and improve orphans welfare in accordance with the mechanism to be determined by the permanent body to activate the recommendations of the conference .
At the closing of the Conference,
the participants praised the efforts of the Kingdom of Bahrain for its hospitality,
extending their thanks and appreciation to the leadership of the kingdom of Bahrain for hosting this Conference,
and in particular His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of the Kingdom of Bahrain, HH Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa,
Prime Minister, and HH Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Commander of Bahrain Defence Force.
They also extended their thanks to HE Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of the Royal Court, Kingdom of Bahrain,
for sponsoring the Conference, and the organizers headed by Shaikh Adnan bin Abdulla Al Gattan for the great efforts exerted in preparing
for this Conference which helped make it a great success.
Issued in Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain
On 4th Rabea Al Awwal 1427 Hijra. ه
Corresponding to 2nd April 2006 A.D.