A Decade of achievements for INJAZ Bahrain
INJAZ Bahrain held a special event celebrating its 10th anniversary on Wednesday (Oct 7) at the Ritz Carlton in Manama. The event, patronized by the INJAZ Bahrain executive director Sh. Hessa bint Khalifa al Khalifa, showcased the non-profit organization’s numerous achievements and milestones over the past decade.
In addition to senior directors and employees from the organization, the event was attended by representatives from its strategic partners from the public and private sectors, including HE Dr. Majid bin Ali Al—Nuaimi the Minister of Education, as well as the volunteers and coordinators of the numerous programs it conducts in the kingdom’s schools and universities to prepare youth for success in the global economy.
The event kicked off with an exhibition of outstanding projects by students who were trained under the organization’s various programs over the years, such as “The Company” program and others. The attendees toured the exhibition and engaged with the students and discussed ways of further developing their ideas.
This was followed by the opening address delivered by Sh. Hessa, in which she underlined the key highlights and milestones of the organization since its establishment in 2005, especially noting the steady increase each year in schools, students, and volunteers involved in its programs.
“INJAZ Bahrain’s achievements over the past decade would not be possible without the support of our supporters from the public and private sectors, as well as the thousands of volunteers”, Sh. Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa said. “We are proud to have them as business partners and sincerely value and appreciate their financial and advisory support.”
Sh. Hessa noted that the organization reached around 2,000 students from a limited number of intermediate schools in its first year, 2005, and subsequently expanded its programs over the years to reach more than 20,000 students from elementary to university level on an annual basis. To date, the organization has recruited around 3,200 volunteers who trained around 87,000 students from 200 schools and universities, a number expected to reach 100,000 students by end of the current academic year 2015-2016.
Moreover, Sh. Hessa hailed the important role played by the organization’s stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education. As the official government agency in charge of developing educational system in Bahrain to facilitate creativity and innovation, the ministry was instrumental in coordinating between the organization and the schools to maximize the footprint of the programs.
Sh. Hessa also praised INJAZ Bahrain’s strategic partners in the private sector for their valuable support, whether through financial backing, offering advice and guidance, or providing volunteers. The support provided by these companies – who also comprise the organization’s Board of Directors – stems from their corporate social responsibility and strong belief in the INJAZ Bahrain’s mission to equip the next generation of Bahrainis with the knowledge and skills to contribute to building Bahrain’s economic future.
To that end, the event also featured videos of several students who shared their experiences about how the training they received helped expand their horizons and pave the way for their success in the labor market, whether as employees or entrepreneurs. Among these students were the student teams from Bahrain who won the regional MENA-wide competition organized by the parent organization INJAZ Al-Arab and Coca-Cola’s Ripples of Happiness competition.
In addition, the event included an address by INJAZ Al-Arab Chief Executive Akif Al-Aqrabawi, in which he commended INJAZ Bahrain’s initiatives to enrich the formal academic education in schools and universities across Bahrain, with a focus on the pillars of entrepreneurship, work-readiness, and financial literacy.
Moreover, INJAZ Bahrain Chairman Abdulrahman Jawahery also delivered an address which highlighted the enormous strides the organization has made in its first decade in terms of programs, students, and volunteers, thus firmly establishing itself as one of the leading institutions dedicated to up-skilling Bahrainis in line with the Bahrain Economic Vision.
Awards for exceptional volunteers, schools, and supporters were handed out at the end of the event. The honorees included 25 long-standing volunteers and 59 volunteers who logged the most volunteer hours, 15 schools and University of Bahrain, and 18 board companies and 17 company coordinators.
The event supporters also received special recognition, including GPIC, Gulf Broadcast, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Empire, ShowTech Productions, Palace Enterprises, Ritz-Carlton, Al-Rashid Group, Worldecor, Yateem Air Conditioning, Bahrain International Circuit, National Bank of Bahrain, Nass Industrial Services, Ahli United Bank, Mohammed Ahmedi Co., Mechanical Contracting & Services Co., Larissa, EK Kanoo & Shutdown Maintenance & Services.