Alola Org. meets with Women Empowerment Directorate.
On Sunday 11.07.2021 at 11:00 o’clock in Baghdad, the Manager of Alola Organization Layla Mahdi and her staff members Aola Hussein and Shams Salim meet Dr. Youssra K. Mohsin the General Director of Women Empowerment in the Iraqi Government.
The main goal of the meeting is supporting the Women Empowerment Program with Alola Org. experience in starting of businesses in fields such as Incubator Centers and Women Entrepreneurship activity. The Deputy Manager of Alola Mrs. Aola Hussein give a good overview about how Alola started five years ago. Mrs. Alola explained Alola’s strategy through Women Entrepreneurship and Incubator Centers Programs, certified trainers, courses, and their impact. This work has been done in cooperation with many ministries and institutes. The Labor Ministry and Education Ministry are their partners now.
Dr. Yossra K Mohsin from the Women Empowerment Directorate talked about how the World Bank has the Mashriq Initiative with seven priorities. It should have been implemented in 2019, but because of the economic situation it was not possible to do more than 10%. In Lebanon and Jordan, the rate of achievement is much higher.
Some of the main program topics are gender equality, financial Inclusion Courses, and Business Incubator. At the end of the meeting both sides agreed to have a good cooperation and Alola Organization will support Women Entrepreneurship with training, materials, certified trainers, and tools. That will make Alola Org. become part of WB network.
Five Student Enterprises Fairs in June.
The Alola Organization, the main partner of Business Innovation Programs (BIP), in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in Iraq – Vocational Education Directorate, and within the framework of activities of the Student Enterprise (SE) project, five special Fairs were held to present 39 business ideas prepared by Vocational high school students in Baghdad, Wassit and Karbala. Many personnel from the Education department attended the fairs. As well as key personnel, teachers, parents, students, and others. In agreement with the Vocational Education Directorate, it was decided to organize a Business Fair for each school because of Coronavirus Pandemic.
The first Fair was held on 3rd.June 2021 in Kut - Wassit Provinse, to showcase (6) student projects in Vocational High School of Alaqeela Zaynb for girls.
The second Fair was held on 6th. June 2021 in the Alsuwere to present (11) project ideas for (50) students. Two Vocational High School participated in this Business Fair, the are Alsuwere vocational high school for boys and girls and the Alsalam Economic School for Girls.
The 3rd Fair was held on 13th. June 2021 in Baghdad to present project ideas for the Alameel Vocational high school for boys. (10) Projects with (12) students participated in this Fair, the manager of the Vocational School Directorate of the province attended the fair, as did the Iraqi Parliament Member also.
The 4th Fair was held on 15th.June 2021 in Karbala to present project ideas for the Alhadhara Vocational high school for girls. (6) Projects with (26) students participated in this Fair. The Deputy General Manager of the Education Directorate of the province attended the fair as well as many others from various offices.
The 5th Fair was held on 17th. June 2021 in Baghdad to present project ideas for the Almostaqbal Vocational high school for girls. (6) Projects with (31) students participated in this Fair.
More than 300 students, teachers, Ministry of education representatives, economists, representatives of companies, organizations and others participated.
To evaluate the projects participating in all Fairs, special committees were formed consisting of economists, education representatives and all BIP trainers to evaluate the ideas of the projects that participated in the Fairs, where five committees were formed for each of the fiive events in all fairs. At the end of every ceremony, the winning projects were selected, where the awards were distributed to them during the celebrating of the attendees. Alola Org. Leader Layla Mahdi gave thanks to all School Managers and Training Leaders and all participating students. Of (141) students participating at the Business Fairs, (121) were girls. The SE program in school season 2020-2021 is now ended and we shall prepare for the next one in 2021-2022.