(From right) Injaz Qatar operations director Amar Benaissa with marketing associate Fatima al-Kharaz and programme specialist Rana yesterday. PICTURE: Shemeer Rasheed
By Noimot Olayiwola/Staff Reporter
Injaz Qatar, a non-profit organisation and member of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, yesterday announced the publication of its first annual report, documenting its achievements, activities, events, success stories and financial figures for 2012.
According to the annual report, a total of 7,746 students, including those from 27 independent schools, two private schools and two universities, have participated in courses offered at Injaz Qatar since it was established in 2007.
A regional cluster of the organisation called Injaz Al Arab will soon be re-branded as Injaz Middle East and North Africa.
The report also reveals that over the past five years, Injaz Qatar has collaborated with 65 national and multinational businesses that have provided the organisation with corporate volunteers and financial support.
Commenting on the publication, Injaz Qatar executive director Aysha al-Mudahka said: “Our accomplishments have been achieved not only by our team’s hard work, but also through the dedication of our volunteers who have selflessly given their time, knowledge and experience to our causes, as well as the support of our corporate and educational partners. Together, we work collaboratively to pave the way for the youth by sharing knowledge and insight, which can ensure that students become stronger than us in making decisions. We aim to encourage individuals to set an example for younger generations.”
Injaz Qatar’s programmes are offered free of charge to youth aged 12 to 24 years in schools and universities.
The organisation connects corporate volunteers with schools to teach a variety of different programmes, including Success Skills, Company Programme, Be Entrepreneurial, Banks in Action, Innovation Camp, Personal Economics, More than Money, Job Shadow Day and Business Leader Campaign.
The programmes aim to enhance the knowledge and skills of students, better equipping them with the skills needed to succeed in the corporate world.
Once enrolled in the programmes, students are assessed regularly to monitor their progress. For example, this year’s results for the Personal Economics programme helped Injaz Qatar understand how students have developed interpersonal skills, recognised their role in the local market and most importantly, learnt the importance of how education helps build both practical and professional skills.
Upcoming activities at Injaz Qatar include the sixth Annual Young Enterprise of the Year competition, now re-branded as Mubadara, which means initiative in Arabic.
Mubadara will be held on May 22 and 23 at Katara - the Cultural Village.