MUSCAT: Youth entrepreneurship programme, ‘Ghaytuh’ recently concluded its first phase for this year’s edition with participation of 120 students from all across the sultanate. It was organised by the National Career Guidance Centre of the Ministry of Education (MoE) in association with Oman Oil Company (OOC).

For the first time in its three-year history, students were brought to Muscat from all governorates to participate in a series of group training sessions to become future pioneers and entrepreneurs. The comprehensive workshops and training activities were conducted by the local coaching company, Prosper Consultancy at Knowledge Oasis Muscat.

Held annually to support Grade 10 students build their 21st century entrepreneurship skills, Ghaytuh also educates them on how to develop original business ideas, run successful enterprises and ultimately give back to their communities.

“We have expanded the Ghaytuh programme to cover all public and private schools across the sultanate. A total of 120 students took part in the first phase in Muscat, including 12 students from Al Amal School for the Deaf in Bausher, said Ghareeb bin Nasser al Dhawyani, assistant director of career guidance and counselling department at the National Career Guidance Centre.

“Our main objective is to introduce students to alternative career paths. In addition, we are helping them develop leadership skills and encouraging them to appreciate the value of owning and running their own businesses.”

Mutassim al Sariri, head of corporate sustainability at OOC said, “The development of SMEs is an important process that directly feeds into the national economy.

“These enterprises provide job opportunities, encourage innovation and contribute to diversified sources of income. Therefore, we value our strategic partnership with MoE in bringing Ghaytuh to life every year and ensuring its success. We will continue to support programmes and other entrepreneurship initiatives that hone the skills of Omani youth and help them assume their roles in building a prosperous future for the nation.”

SOURCE: Muscat Daily