MUSCAT: In further demonstration of its commitment towards encouraging educational initiatives in the sultanate and further developing employment opportunities for Omani youth, Bank Sohar has renewed its support to the Al Najah education programme for the fifth consecutive year.

Al Najah is a project initiated by the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) to ensure that lesser privileged students are able to pursue higher education opportunities.

Since 2010, Bank Sohar has been supporting the Al Najah education programme by sponsoring the university education fees of five students.

This year, the bank was pleased to announce that the undergraduate students that they had decided to support hailed from the fields of nutrition, information technology and management. The sponsorship amount was recently handed over to Eng Redha Juma Mohammed Ali al Saleh, vice chairman for administration and finance affairs, chairman of Al Najah programme at the OCCI by Mazin Mahmood al Raisi, AGM and head of marketing and publicity of Bank Sohar, at OCCI head office.

Giving thanks to Bank Sohar for their dedication to the cause, Eng Saleh said, “It gives us great pleasure to join hands with Bank Sohar once more in a combined effort to create a better environment for the Omani youth, preparing them for the manifold challenges that come with a higher education and career development.

“To secure the future of our nation, it is essential that more and more of such incubators of talents are created and supported by corporates.”

Commenting on the bank’s contribution, Munira Abdulnabi Macki, DGM of human resources and corporate support at Bank Sohar said, “Al Najah programme helps students from families with limited resources to access a full university education. Such an opportunity is not only the stepping stone to a holistic impact on the community and the nation at large, but also an encouragement to the SME sector, which could be pioneered by some of these students in the future.”