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Frustration, a good catalyst for change

I can fully understand our Crown Prince’s frustration with the government and officially welcome him into our ranks, the ranks of I would say the majority of Bahrainis whose only recourse to their frustration is to habitually bang heads against solid walls of stasis and fear of change. To the government, they think that they are simply doing their job, to the rest of Bahrain, we once again recognise yet another missed opportunity to progress. The …

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[FIKR6] quicky recommendations

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1. Look into improving the registration process. It’s taking unnecessarily long and people are getting rather frustrated. 2. The whole conference is about the intersection of technology and education, yet, we don’t have a free wireless network at the conference area which can not only facilitate its use for filing stories, but also its absence might demonstrate that the conference is all talk without implementation. I was rather frustrated by not getting access and not have …

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[FIKR6] Speeches – audio files

I thought you might want to listen to a couple of speeches I recorded at the session: The first is the opening remarks by His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the Bahraini crown prince, on behalf of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa Shaikh Salman’s opening remarks [5.9MB] and the second is a rather interesting keynote speech by the president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, Mr. Abdulla Jum’ah: Keynote – Abdulla Jum’ah, Saudi Aramco …

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[FIKR6] Education, The digital Arab

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We discussed some very thought provoking questions at the Digital Arab break-out session this morning. The basic questions posed were:To what futures do Arab youth aspire? What do you see at the intersection of the Internet, Arab culture and technology? Will the lag in technology adoption between the teachers and the students restrict the success of technology use in the classroom? Where will Arab youth get the teachers they need to thrive in the digital …

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[FIKR6] Arab Strategies for the Global Era

500 intellectuals from over 30 countries have descended on Bahrain to participate in the Arab Thought Foundation’s FIKR conference, the annual think-tank that strives to make a change to the Arab world not by force or arms but those of thought. These gatherings have identified and provoked a lot of thought in what needs to be changed in our societies in order for us to progress and integrate within the global community in an intrinsic and …

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