Oman: Celebrating Children

 

Next year sees a true celebration of children in Oman.  To celebrate in style, there will be an Internet contest for kids, called ‘Sail with Colours’ to design a sail for a small dinghy sailboat – an RS Q’BA.  This is being launched by Oman Sail for the Omani Year of Children, 2012.

Oman’s Maritime Heritage

The contest is aimed at increasing awareness for children on Oman’s maritime and seafaring heritage.  It is the first action that has come forward in response to the announcement of the Year of Children 2012.  Hopefully children in the region will want to show off their artistic talents and, at the same time, encourage them to participate in the upcoming sailing culture among the young people.  Children between six and sixteen-years-old are invited to take part in the contest through Oman Sail’s FB page; it will be split into two contests, one for 6 to 11 year olds and the other for 12 to 16 year olds.

The winner of the competition will be used on a design for a sail of an RS Q’BA boat.  As well, the sinner gets an actual RS Q’BA boat!  Second prize is a weekend away at the Shangri-La Resort Spa as well as sailing lessons there (and a certificate); third prize is yet unknown (a surprise).

Focusing on Oman’s Youth

Oman is striving to focus on its youth, looking to the country’s future for potential.  This project will be teaching them to sail through the company Oman Sail.  Indeed, over 30,000 young Omanis will have the opportunity to learn this skill through its ‘Try Sailing’ program.