Activities of the Sabelat El Hassan Programme

Preparation for the Sabela programme starts with the coordination with governors in their respective governorates that are selected to constitute the path of the programme. Coordination is done so as to funnel the activities of the Sabela in each governorate. Coordination is also made with the various directorates to specify the suitable activities the Sabela programme can undertake. The activities are later listed in the form of daily activities. Most of these activities focus on the following:

1. Providing services.

  • Scientific researches and environmental projects.

2. Adventures and accompanying activities:

  • Cultural seminars.

  • Touristic and archaeological visits.

  • Meetings with officials.

  • Youth exchanges with neighboring countries (Egypt, …)

  • Bonfires.

    Social services are divided into:

  • Construction services.

  • Humanitarian services.

  • Health services.

  • Environmental services.

   Adventures are divided into:

  • Long (day and night) hikes.

  • Mountain climbing.

  • Abseiling (rappelling).

  • Swimming.

  • Diving.

  • Horseback riding.

 Scientific research and environmental projects require the gathering of specific data throughout the various governorates of the Kingdom. These researches are provided to the Award administration which cooperates with experts in the field of the research being conducted who in turn provide advice as to the researches most likely to be implemented successfully by the Sabela programme.

 3. Selection Camp objectives:

  • Verifying that people applying to participate in the Sabelat El Hassan programme are able to fulfill its objectives.

  • Providing the opportunity for the participants to meet with their supervisors who have either completed the Sabela or Raleigh International programmes themselves.

  • Putting the participants through an environment similar to that they will face in the actual Sable programme so they could decide to either proceed or withdraw from the programme.

Personal evaluation standards:

The degree or level by which the participant can participate in making decisions, which include: Listening to others’ points of view and understanding their perspectives. Expressing ones’ points of view positively.

Positive contribution:

  • Helping the group in the decision making process.

  • Understanding the needs and points of view of other team members.

  • Understanding when a decision is necessary and being prepared to bear the consequences.

Negative contribution:

  • Attempting to speak on behalf of the group without their consent.

  • The constant objection and rejection of others ideas and input.

Leadership:

The ability of the participant to correctly run the activities and take the initiative to do so, and the ability to encourage others to fulfill the overall objectives of the program.

Positive contribution:

  • Listening to different opinions, distribution of tasks, organizing the group.

  • Showing the desire to bear the responsibility in the group, task, and activity.

  • Taking initiative to mobilize the group, encouraging the participants and achieving the tasks.

Negative contribution:

  • Depending completely on others.

  • Not participating in the organization or taking responsibility.

  • Refraining from taking initiatives or having any input.

4. Personal relations and communication. The ability to communicate verbally and non-verbally, in addition to listening well to others.

Positive contribution:

  • Making eye contact and listening to others.

  • Being sensitive and considerate to others feelings.

  • Mingling with others and actively participating in the group.

Negative contribution:

  • Not caring for others’ needs.

  • Ignoring others.

  • Being selfish and not helping others out.

  • Aggressiveness.

 5. Motivation, dedication, hard-work, and perseverance to complete the tasks.

Positive contribution:

  • Determination and perseverance when the tasks get tough.

  • Encouraging, cheering, and helping others to complete the tasks.

  • Commitment with the group.

Negative contribution:

  • Giving up easily when the tasks get harder.

  • Not encouraging others by exercising negative behaviour.

  • Showing no interest or desire to help others out.

6. Preserving team-spirit: how well a participant works with others and how a participant contributes to the team.

Positive contribution:

  • Supporting other members of the team by listening to their ideas, participating in the tasks, and contributing to discussions.

  • Exercising personal skills to help in completing the group activity.

  • Letting others take part in discussions and activities.

  • Encouraging and cheering other team members.

Negative contribution:

  • Showing little interest in others and the work they do.

  • Not helping others and not being sensitive to their feelings.

  • Not taking part or participating in activities.

  • Not encouraging others by exercising negative behaviour.

 7. Adapting and being open to different perspectives: how well a participant can adapt and change his/her behaviour when required?

  • Desire to learn and benefit from other experiences.

  • Openness and flexibility to new ideas and situations.

Positive contribution:

  • The desire to try and learn new skills.

  • Adapting to changes especially when things are going contrary to what is expected.

  • The desire to accept a situation and benefit from it.

  • The willingness to listen to others and accept their ideas.

  • The willingness to modify or change a behavior others may find difficult to cope with.

Negative contribution:

  • Feeling frustrated when things do not go according to plan.

  • Finding it difficult to adapt to unexpected situations.

  • Feeling annoyed and dissatisfied if others do not agree with one’s ideas.

  • Not willing to change methods of doing tasks and not listening to others.

  • Continuing and insisting on behaviors others may find difficult to cope with.

 8. Benefits:

The benefits gained by the youth participating in the Sabelat El-Hassan program are real and permanent as it develops their self-confidence and enriches them with new skills. This experience exposes them to new perspectives where they become more open to others’ points of view, hence the satisfaction of achieving something of great importance.

9. After the Sabela?

The Sabelat El Hassan programme has gained a nationwide reputation which is based on the principles, objectives, platform, and nature of the programme and the uniqueness of its activities. If it is important that the participation in this programme is positive and effective, what awaits the participants after completing the programme and gaining the “adventurer” title is even more important. As one of the objectives of this programme is to reflect and implement the skills and experiences gained throughout the programme on their communities, the Award office has realized this important role for this segment of youth and hence established the Award Holder’s Association (AHA) department for Award Holders and Sabela Adventurers, which helps in coordinating their efforts to benefit themselves and their communities. The door is open for anyone to participate in this programme.