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Meethaq, MoE join hands to train 4000 students in ‘Little Investor’ programme

MUSCAT, 26 September 2017 – Coinciding with the new academic year, Meethaq, the pioneer of Islamic banking in Oman from Bank Muscat, in association with the Ministry of Education and Injaz Oman has launched a financial literacy programme covering 4000 school students in Muscat, Batinah and Dhofar governorates.

The programme focusing on students, who represent the future of Oman, is aimed at inculcating a healthy savings habit as well as motivating them to develop entrepreneurial thinking and skills from an early age. In the first phase of the 'Little Investor' programme, 1000 students were trained in the fundamentals of financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

The 'Little Investor' programme is a core 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 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 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 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 thanked the Ministry of Education, the National Center for Vocational Guidance and Injaz for their valuable contributions to the 'Little Investor' programme. Meethaq remains committed to social responsibility initiatives contributing to sustainable development in Oman. 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.