AOL’s Yes Plus Seminar For Arabic Speakers

Tue, 14 June 2011

THE Art of Living (AOL) Middle East successfully completed second group of youth empowerment seminar to help the Omani youth deal with stress, train them to take more responsibility and serve the country.

The AOL is planning to conduct a five-day ‘Yes Plus’ seminar, which will begin at its Al Khuwaircentre (Mosaic Towers, B block, Mezzanine Floor) on June 18. Timing for the seminar is 6 pm to 9.30 pm.

“This programme is open to all in the age group of 18 to 32 and the medium of instruction is Arabic,” said Mawahib al Shaibani, CEO Art of Living Middle East.

The course objective of Yes (Youth Empowerment and Skills) Plus seminar is to let the participants undergo the process of learning skill sets that will equip them to apply the techniques of living ‘smart’. The techniques they will learn will empower them in situations concerning academics, interpersonal relationships, workplace demands and achieving sustainable peak performance, dealing with conflicts and eliminating stress.

It does so, by refining ten core life skills (as listed by Unesco, Unicef and Who). Life skills-based education as basically being a behaviour change or behaviour development approach designed to address and balance three areas: knowledge, attitude and skills.

“It is also aimed at Self Awareness Building Skills that includes recognition of ourselves, our character, our strengths and weaknesses, desires and dislikes,” said Mawahib.

The seminar will also focus on other skills like communication, decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking and empathy.

“Coping with stress and emotions involves recognising our emotions and those of others, being aware of how emotions influence behaviour and being able to respond to emotions appropriately. Also, at first recognising our life stressors and the sources of these in our lives, then we can choose to act in a way that controls our stress levels.

Interpersonal relationship skill helps us to relate in positive ways with people that we interact with,” said Mawahib.