MUSCAT: Meethaq, the pioneer of Islamic banking in Oman from Bank Muscat, has achieved a milestone exceeding the number of school students targetted for financial literacy training as part of its ‘Little Investor’ programme.
The programme, presently under way in association with the Ministry of Education and Injaz Oman, has exceeded the target of 5000 students in Muscat and Batinah governorates.
Early this year, coinciding with the new academic session, Meethaq, in association with the Ministry of Education and Injaz Oman, launched the ‘Little Investor’ programme covering 4000 school students in Muscat and Batinah governorates.
In the first phase of the programme, more than 1000 students were trained in the fundamentals of financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
Targetting students who represent the future of Oman, the ‘Little Investor’ programme is aimed at developing a healthy savings habit as well as entrepreneurial skills from an early age.
The programme is a core component of the Imprints CSR 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.
Highly ambitious in its scope and reach to make lasting contributions to society and the nation, the Imprints initiative is a unique public-private partnership by the bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Tourism, Muscat Municipality and the Public Authority for Consumer 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 focused on enhancing the skills of youth for participation in the economy by bridging the gap between knowledge acquired through education and skills required for the job market.
Injaz supports students to develop leadership, entrepreneurial skills, problem-solving, communication, and soft skills through a series of workshops conducted by volunteers.
Meethaq thanked the Ministry of Education, the National Center for Vocational Guidance and Injaz for their valuable contributions to the ‘Little Investor’ programme.
At a time when Islamic finance is consolidating its role in supporting economic and social development, Meethaq reckons sustainable social development as a great opportunity to complement the country’s progress and development. Meethaq remains committed to social responsibility initiatives contributing to sustainable development in Oman.
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. (Times of Oman)