Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Madeeha bint Ahmed bin Nassir Al Shibaniyah, Minister of Education, Oman Oil Company (OOC) and the National Career Guidance Centre of the Ministry of Education (MOE) rewarded 26 future entrepreneurs from the Governorates of Muscat, Al Dakhiliya and Al Batinah North, who competed among over 210 participants in three categories of the ‘Ghaytuh’ programme ‘Best Students Company, Most Innovative Product/Service and Best CSR Initiative’.
Concluding its second year, the youth initiative, which is part of OOC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme for Entrepreneurship, is designed to help school students from Grade nine build entrepreneurial skills and develop original business ideas, saw triple participation figures.
“OOC invests in fostering entrepreneurs who will build a promising future for Oman. We are partnering with organisations that can bridge the gap between education and employability, while contributing to the national economy,” said AlMutasim bin Said Al Sariri, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at OOC. “With the strong theoretical and practical structure of the ‘Ghaytuh’ programme, we worked diligently with the teams from MOE on two main objectives. First, to help students acquire the necessary practical experience to successfully plan and implement their own business ideas early on in their curriculum and second, to empower them to give back to their communities by sharing their new and creative business models,” added Al Sariri.
“Our partnership with OOC is meant to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set among students and inspire those with good ideas to start their own businesses. By bringing enterprises into our schools across different regions in the Sultanate, we are instilling values of financial independence and a sense of pride as the future business leaders of Oman learn ways to contribute to the national economy and overall wellbeing of their community,” said Dr. Sana bint Sabeel Al Balushi, Director General of the National Career Guidance Centre at MOE.
During its pilot year in 2012, the programme saw the participation of 80 school students in one month training in Muscat Governorate, while in 2013, it expanded to cover Al Dakhiliya and Al Batinah North Governorates, in addition to Muscat with over 210 participants, 50% boys and 50% girls including students with disabilities. The training consisted of four pillars focusing on general business knowledge, practical training in a number of selected occupations, products and services development, as well as, marketing and sales skills.
This initiative is in line with OOC’s (CSR) agenda of sustainable growth targeting sustainable programmes that benefit the community. The focus areas of the CSR programmes include training job seekers for employment, promoting Entrepreneurship, as well as building capacity.
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