Student Enterprises in Iraq start 2020 -2021 School Season.
The Ministry of Education in Iraq has approved the start of the Student Enterprises Program in Iraq for students in High Schools and Vocational Schools.
Since June 2020, the Alola Organization has had many meetings in Baghdad. The Minister of Education Mr. Ali Hamid had discussed the projects with the ministry’s involved departments and has agreed to start the project, wishing to bring High Schools into the project too.
Meetings with the Vocational Education Directorate have started, and it has been agreed to involve 15 Vocational Schools from 3 cities including Baghdad. General Manager DR. Mahmood Almaliky at the Directorate has had long meetings concerning the details and processes to implement the program. However, the Coronavirus Pandemic is affecting the school system hard. He means this program is especially important to help the current job situation in Iraq.
The Vocational Education Planning Department has started coordinating with the Alola Org. to start the program in October. Eng. Thaer Mizher has initiated contact with people to be involved and expert personnel that will join the one-day seminar to present the program and its aims.
At the same time, he has initiated contact with schools and started choosing teachers to be ready in the beginning of October for the first training sessions for teachers.
The Alola Org has initiated contact with High School too. In the Baghdad Al-Karkh Al Thanya region, General Manager Dr. Qusay Alkilaby wishes to join the program and involve the teachers from the region’s High Schools in Student Enterprises Program. The goal will be an evaluation of program’s impact in the schools’ educational program.
Student Enterprises will be the only solution to establish new businesses, start new jobs and avoid high numbers of jobless.
The small organization Alola, a partner of Norwegian Business Innovation Program (BIP), is doing very well with women Entrepreneurship activity in Iraq. In cooperation with (BIP) since 2015 they have more than 36 been certified trainers. These trainers are doing well and driving business training by themselves in all cities in Iraq.
Super Trainer, General Manager Layla Altamimi, started the organization and is supervising the activity. She says “BIP training gives life a voice”. Many women who have the trainings are of the same opinion and experience a big change in their life after the training.
The outcome of the cooperation the last the 4 years has been 36 certified trainers, 180 workshops, 3,750 participants, 1422 newly established businesses and 2,146 new jobs.
BIP itself has trained more than 50,000 participants and certified more than 300 trainers which has led to the creation of more 10,000 new jobs.
What some of the trainers have to say:
Super Trainer Layla Altamimi;
“A door was opened for hope and a sense of importance and confidence. In every training session, a new life is cultivated, filled with optimism and the belief that someone is doing everything they can towards a better tomorrow, free of charge except for love and true faith. This is sincerity that come from a heart that believes in the meaning of the word humanity. May you keep giving your sincere tenderness all ALOLA TRAINERS.
Certified Trainer Hana Noori;
“Bring success to your life and start your business with ALOLA insights and training.
Mentor Trainer Nada Jamil Attia;
“When you see the happiness in others’ hearts, one day someone will sow it in your heart. In each training session we paint pictures of hope and optimism for the present and the future, believing that what you see today will be harvested tomorrow.”
Mentor Trainer Ahmed Taher;
“The best people are those who are those who create most benefit. It is an honor to be able to make dreams come true whenever we do a session of the Alola courses. Reviving hope in someone’s soul is one of the highest deeds, and we believe it is rewarded with faith and love.”
Mentor Trainer Bushra Abdulwahab;
“There is no such thing as luck without working together. We believe in seeking solutions and working will precede luck. When trainees smile, the moment the light of knowledge and empowerment enter their lives, we feel that the message has been delivered. Thanks to everyone who trained us, it is the cause of brightness and smiles.”
Mentor Trainer Fadhel Ouda Taher;
Economic empowerment courses have contributed to enhancing the role of women in society, by reducing the problem of unemployment among women. It also enhances their opportunities to obtain work and contribute to family income, especially among women taking care of their families. The participants not only changed their ability to succeed and advance economically, but also gave themselves the power to make economic decisions along with spreading a spirit of self-confidence.”
Mentor Trainer Zahraa Hussein Ali;
“At the beginning of each session, we feel confident to give training based on the participants own projects, spreading the spirit of exchange. At the same time, we give confidence, continuity and challenge all the obstacles facing women in their daily reality.”
Certified Trainer Shams Salim Dhmad:
“Hope is the key in our training sessions. We bring hope to the trainees. On the last day of the training, we see the first signs of success.”
Certified Trainer Yousra Raad;
“Sometimes you don’t need someone to give you an umbrella to protect you from the rain. You rather need someone to join you in the rain.”
BIP Trainer Hussein Tahir;
“Five days is all it takes to get new start for your life. So, join a BIP training course and move forward fast.”