DOHA ENTERPRISE Qatar (EQ) organised a week of activities for students as part of the Schools Olympic Program (SOP) recently.
Secretary-General of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdelrahman al Thani commended the success of the workshops.
The strategic partnership between Enterprise Qatar and the Schools Olympic Program aims to encourage students between the ages of 15 and 18 to think innovatively and entrepreneurially about the sports industry.
Sheikh Saoud bin Abdelrahman al Thani said that the Schools Olympic Program partnership with Enterprise Qatar has planted the seeds for a new generation of business owners in the sports industry.
“Qatar is investing heavily in sports, and the Qatar Olympic Committee is keen to support all efforts that develop local talent. The workshops have shown that we have an abundance of good ideas, passion, and drive in high school students and I commend their efforts,” he said.
Noora al Mannai, CEO of Enterprise Qatar, added that the workshops were part of EQ’s mission to encourage and support entrepreneurs.
“Judging by the success of these workshops, Qatar is home to many budding sports business owners. At EQ we will help them develop their ideas into real businesses, and provide them with the necessary tools to succeed,” she said.
In his comment, Nasser al Muhannadi, COO of Enterprise Qatar, said: “Enterprise Qatar is proud to be partnering with Qatar Olympic Committee on this year’s Schools Olympic Program to highlight the theme of sports and investment.
To fulfill our vision of supporting entrepreneurship in Qatar, we believe in the need to instill this spirit of entrepreneurship and creativity among students. We believe that they are the ones who will lead the nation’s future to realise the Qatar National Vision 2030.” Enterprise Qatar delivered the student workshops over five days. The programme curriculum has been carefully designed to build on existing programs while also incorporating the needs and opportunities of national priorities such as the Qatar 2030 National Vision and the hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
Over the course of the week, more than 400 students from independent and international schools participated in the workshops. They were divided into teams and trained by mentors not only on how to develop their sense of business awareness, but also on how to act professionally within their teams through the assumption of corporate roles.
Students were asked to present innovative approaches to promoting Qatar as a tourist destination for the 2022 World Cup with an emphasis on Qatar’s numerous tourism spots and various activities to enjoy in conjunction with attending the football matches.
Next the students were challenged to present creative ideas to increase awareness and participation of Qatari women in the sports field with the aim of reaching a record-breaking number of Qatari female participants in the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games.
The third challenge was to develop a national plan to reduce childhood obesity through innovative means of encouraging children’s participation in sports while engaging schools and families in the process.
For the last task, the students were asked to present creative ways of supporting Paralympic activities through addressing a specific disability as well as proposing new ways to help aspiring athletes with disabilities to overcome the hardships in their quest for Olympic glory.
Teams were judged based on the originality of their ideas, their presentation skills and their team-working abilities.
Three winning teams were selected each of the workshops’ five days.
The winning schools included: Hamza Bin Abdul Mutaleb Preparatory School, Nasser Al Attiya secondary school, Jassim Bin Hamad secondary school, Qatar Technical School, Al Kawther secondary girls school, Al Maha girls school, Doha Independent Secondary School for Boys+ Omer Bin Al Khatab preparatory school, Ahmed Bin Hanbal secondary school, The Tunisian School, Qatar International School and Abdul Rahman Bin Jassim Preparatory school.