InJAz Bahrain scheme eyes 50,000 students
Manama, October 4, 2011
InJAz Bahrain, a leading non-profit organisation working for Bahraini youth, is targeting 50,000 students from all educational levels as part of its three-year school outreach programme.
The Bahraini group said it will intensify the programme for the academic year 2011/2012, to cover 13,632 students compared to 9,200 students the previous year.
“We know that we have set a challenging target for ourselves, but we are encouraged with the outpour of support we have received thus far from our various benefactors, especially within the private sector,” said inJAz Bahrain executive director Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Khalifa.
The target, the highest ever in the organization’s 6 year history, is part of itsthree year strategic plan with focus on intermediate-level students, who will form 60 per cent of this projected growth.
"To achieve its ambitious growth projection, inJAz Bahrain will require an estimated 2,000 volunteers over the next three years, and calls for the inclusion of untapped markets, including private schools and universities other than University of Bahrain."
Sheikha Hessa said the organization will launch three programs focusing on entrepreneurship and financial literacy to cater to these new markets, bringing the total number of inJAz programs to 14.
"A dedicated team of nearly 550 volunteers will administer the inJAz programs which cover three primary pillars: Work Readiness, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Literacy. 221 volunteers have already been signed on for the first semester," she noted.
“Although the majority of the volunteers came from large organizations, we are grateful for all companies who have supported us. Every contribution, no matter how small, helps us reach our target and bolsters the abilities of as many students as possible,” she added.
The majority of this semester’s volunteers are provided by GPIC, Bapco, Batelco, Gulf Air, Citi Bank, Alba, HSBC, Ernst & Young, CBB, Iskan Bank, KFH, BBK, Al Salam Bank Ithmaar Bank, YK Al Moayyed & Sons, Tatweer Petroleum, ARIG, Tamkeen and the EDB.-TradeArabia News Service