Session 2 @ Bahrain: Careers in IT

by Shijaz Abdulla on 10.08.2008 at 08:12

Yesterday, I delivered the last session of the two-day workshop at the Summer Shade camp for teenagers. The audience consisted of students from grade 8 to 12.

I provided an insight on the various career options in the field of Information Technology, gave details on various degree courses that can be pursued. It was more of a career planning session that helped students interested in pursuing an IT career to make decisions. I also explained the need for certifications and the various industry certifications available. The career planning session received good interest and it was very interactive.

After the session, we all sat down to eat delicious Bahraini Machboos – and I also got a picture taken with some of the attendees 🙂

Session at Bahrain: Information Technology – Use & Misuse

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.08.2008 at 09:40

Yesterday I delivered a session on “Information Technology – Use & Misuse” at Al Furqan Center in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It was very interactive and we had a good time discussing the uses as well as threats of modern technology.

We discussed the security and privacy issues on the internet and how we can protect ourselves from software and human threats and have a good overall online experience. A security awareness was emphasized around online interactions and conversations by use of instant messaging, social networking, and other internet tools. We also discussed why security is important, even at home and simple tools that can be used to ensure privacy. An awareness was created around internet child abuse and the ill-effects of pornography.

We discussed how one can be a good netizen, and how we can take advantage of technology, but at the same time prevent its use for illegitimate purposes. The discussions on illegitimate use of the Internet where in light of the Qur’an and the Sunnah, and included issues surrounding pornography, privacy, social networking, multimedia technology, etc.

Audience 1 Audience 2  Me in a Kandoora!

This is a picture of me wearing a Dishdasha!

See Also: Day 2 – IT Career Planning

Technology workshop in Bahrain

by Shijaz Abdulla on 04.08.2008 at 10:14

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I will be delivering two sessions at a Teenagers Summer Camp Program in Bahrain on 7th and 9th of August 2008. The ‘Summer Shade 2008’ is being organized by Al Furqan Centre, Bahrain (Bahrain Indian Islahi Centre).

Details of the sessions:

Session 1: Information Technology: Use & Misuse
Information Technology is a two-edged sword. In this interactive session, I will discuss how we can put IT to good use and become responsible “netizens”.
Date & Time: Thursday, 7th August 2008, 4.00 PM – 6:00 PM
Venue: Al Furqan Center – Lecture Hall
Language: English

Session 2: Careers in Information Technology
Career Orientation for students aspiring to enter the Information Technology field – what courses to do – certifications – career paths – IT job roles – tips from the industry.
Date & Time: Saturday, 9th August 2008, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Venue: Al Furqan Centre – Lecture Hall
Language: English

Registration is required for this event. Those interested in attending these sessions should contact Al Furqan Centre on +973 3985-7414.

See also: Session at Bahrain: Information Technology – Use & Misuse

Safe Surfing Workshop

by Shijaz Abdulla on 09.02.2007 at 22:52

Today, we at TechLinks conducted a workshop on “Safe Surfing” in association with Al Furqan Centre at DI Hall in Manama. The workshop consisted of two sessions – one for children and the other for parents.

The children’s session which ran from 9 AM to 11 AM covered the following:

  • Safety on the Internet
  • Threats on the Internet (Malware: Viruses/Worms/Bots and People: chatrooms/social networking/public profiles)
  • Misuse of the Internet (Privacy, Piracy, Online Fraud, Pornography)
  • Q & A session

The session was highly interactive and the children, mostly teenagers, participated well. Gifts were distributed to those who gave correct answers and proactive responses during the session.


The parents’ session which was supposed to run from 6 PM to 8 PM, ran all the way till 9 PM, with more questions asked during the Q & A session.

The parents’ session covered:

  • Safety of children on the internet
  • People Threats on the Internet
  • Misuse of the internet (Pornography, Online security, etc)
  • Monitoring & controlling child activity on the internet (Live demo Windows Vista Parental Controls, Internet Explorer 7 Content Advisor)

Overall, the event was a great success and the response & feedback from the parents and children were overwhelming. Special thanks goes to Bart Martens of Culminis for his assistance in providing some of the materials used in the presentation. The event was organized (the venue, the delicious snacks, light & sound, etc) by Al Furqan Centre.

I had a good time engaging in discussions with the teenagers and the parents and look forward to doing the same workshop again sometime in the future for other institutions!

Photos of the workshop at: http://www.shijaz.com/photos/flickr_mvp.htm