Meethaq ‘Lit­tle In­vestor’ pro­gramme to cover 4,000 stu­dents

Muscat Daily - - PRESS RELEASES -

Co­in­cid­ing with the new aca­demic year, Meethaq, the pi­o­neer of Is­lamic bank­ing in Oman from Bank Mus­cat, in as­so­ci­a­tion with In­jaz Oman and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, is all set to im­part fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy to 4000 school stu­dents across the sul­tanate.

The bank hosted a train­ing ses­sion for school teach­ers and vol­un­teers as part of the new phase of ‘Lit­tle In­vestor’ pro- gramme to train stu­dents on the fun­da­men­tals of fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and en­trepreneur­ship. The pro­gramme held at the bank’s head of­fice was at­tended by a large turn-out of school teach­ers from across the sul­tanate.

In the first phase, the ‘Lit­tle In­vestor’ pro­gramme suc­cess­fully cov­ered 1,000 stu­dents. The pro­gramme fo­cus­ing on stu­dents, who rep­re­sent the fu­ture of Oman, in­cul­cates a healthy sav­ings habit as well as mo­ti­vates them to de­velop en­tre­pre­neur­ial think­ing and skills from an early age.

The ‘Lit­tle In­vestor’ pro­gramme is a com­po­nent of the Im­prints ini­tia­tive launched by the bank. Reach­ing out to the na­tion against the back­drop of pre­vail­ing eco­nomic and so­cial sit­u­a­tion, the Im­prints ini­tia­tive seeks to unite peo­ple in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in re­cip­ro­cat­ing to what the country has given them. The ini­tia­tive marks a big step in the public-pri­vate part­ner­ship in mak­ing last­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the so­ci­ety and the na­tion.

Highly am­bi­tious in its scope and reach, the Im­prints ini­tia­tive is a unique public-pri­vate part­ner­ship launched by Bank Mus­cat in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Min­istry of Tourism, Mus­cat Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Public Author­ity for Con- sumer Pro­tec­tion. The four pil­lars of the Im­prints ini­tia­tive are fo­cused on pro­grammes to in­cul­cate fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy, pro­mote sus­tain­able tourism, sus­tain green en­vi­ron­ment and en­cour­age en­riched life­style.

In­jaz Oman is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion aimed at en­hanc­ing the skills of the youth and in­creas­ing their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the econ­omy by bridging the gap be­tween the knowl­edge ac­quired through ed­u­ca­tion and the skills re­quired by the job mar­ket. In­jaz sup­ports stu­dents to de­velop lead­er­ship, en­tre­pre­neur­ial busi­ness, prob­lem-solv­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and soft skills through a se­ries of work­shops con­ducted by vol­un­teers.

Meethaq is well po­si­tioned to pro­vide Is­lamic fi­nan­cial ex­per­tise to di­verse seg­ments and thereby pro­mote the good of so­ci­ety as a whole. Meethaq has adopted the best prac­tices in Is­lamic bank­ing and fi­nance world­wide to com­bine a ro­bust model which pro­tects cus­tomers and com­ple­ments the Is­lamic bank­ing in­dus­try. Meethaq re­mains com­mit­ted to so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tives con­tribut­ing to sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in Oman. Meethaq reck­ons sus­tain­able so­cial devel­op­ment as a great op­por­tu­nity to com­ple­ment the country’s progress.

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