Student Enterprises Fairs.
With the support of Business Innovation Programs (BIP) and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in the Kurdistan Region Government and within the activities of SE project, PAO held two special Fairs to present 53 business ideas prepared by high school students in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk provinces. The first Fair was held on May 25, 2021 in Sulaymaniyah province to showcase 26 student projects in high schools of Sulaymaniyah, Halabja, and Kifri districts. The second Fair was held on May 31, 2021 in the garden of the Sipan Hotel in Erbil to present 27 project ideas for the high schools of Erbil, Dohuk and Zakho provinces.
15 vocational High schools participated in these Fairs in the three provinces mentioned, and more than 300 students, teachers, Ministry of education representatives, economists, representatives of companies, organizations and others participated. .
The Fairs opened with a welcome speech from The President of the Public Aid Organization (PAO) Mr. Hogr Chato who spoke about the importance of such projects in defining and spreading the environment of small enterprises among students in particular and young people in general in order to achieve self-economic sufficiency and contribute to the economic development of society. Representatives of the Ministry of Education also had a speech in the opening on the importance of the project, where Mr. Dilshad Omar, Director of Education of Sulaymaniyah, spoke about the importance of the project in helping young people to rely on themselves in the establishment of their own project, while at the Erbil Fair, Mr. (Ahmed Smail Rahman) Director General of Vocational Education gave a speech on this occasion in which he said that he is very happy with this project, especially that the regional government has plans to introduce such curricula In preparatory study in the Kurdistan region. In the opening, both faculty representatives and students spoke about their experience in preparing for the occasion.
In order to evaluate the projects participating in the Fairs, special committees were formed consisting of economists, education representatives and PAO trainers to evaluate the ideas of the projects that participated in the Fairs, where four committees were formed for each of the two events in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. At the end of the ceremony, the winning projects were selected in both events, where the awards were distributed to them in the midst of the celebrating of the attendees.