DOHA: INJAZ Qatar, a non-profit organisation and member of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, has partnered with MasterCard to encourage and develop work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills among students in Qatar through the JA ‘It’s My Business’ programme.
The programme will target about 100 students during the 2013-14 academic year.
It was launched in 2012 across the region as a collaboration between INJAZ and MasterCard to promote financial inclusion through the power of entrepreneurship, and give youth an opportunity to achieve their full potential.
“Through our partnership, we aim at developing a generation of educated and motivated young individuals who will be empowered to build a secure future for themselves and their families while making a positive contribution to their community,” said Raghu Malhotra, Division President, Middle East and North Africa, MasterCard.
Youngsters taking part in a workshop.
The six-session programme encompasses an entrepreneurship curriculum for students from grades seven to nine and emphasises entrepreneurship content while focusing on social studies, reading and writing skills.
Aysha Al Mudahka, Executive Director of INJAZ Qatar, said, “Through this programme, students are encouraged to adopt entrepreneurial skills that support positive attitudes as they explore and enhance their career aspirations.”
To date, INJAZ Qatar has held seven classes at Roqayaa Preparatory School for Girls and Hamza Preparatory School for Boys.
“Through this programme, every student has managed to discover their hidden talents and this has resulted in some brilliant ideas that demonstrate their entrepreneurial character,” said Abdelkhalek Ali from PricewaterhouseCoopers who volunteered to teach at Hamza Bin Abdul Mutaleb Preparatory School for Boys.
The programme encourages students to learn entrepreneurial skills through hands-on activities and technologies designed to support learning styles.
It also enables students to gain a better understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school activities and their participation in a worldwide economy.