67 students enrolled from universities in Riyadh and Medina
Over 120 students from selected High Schools in Riyadh and Jeddah participate for the first time
Saudi Arabia, March 30, 2016 – The
A total of 10 student teams from the selected universities and schools have so far enrolled in Ripples of Happiness, for a chance to have their projects selected and financed by the
Throughout the course of Ripples of Happiness, participating teams will attend a number of training sessions aimed at developing their entrepreneurial and business management skills. The program also includes coaching sessions provided by volunteers from the private sector and the participating universities, on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills, in addition to sharing their experiences of working in the private sector.
As part of the initiative, each team will create a business plan for their project, which will be assessed by a judging panel at the end of the program. Entries will be evaluated based on feasibility, sustainability and social impact.
Commenting on the partnership and the launch of the 9th semester of Ripples of Happiness, Akef Al-Aqrabawi. CEO of INJAZ Al-Arab, said: “We are proud of this unique partnership with the Coco-Cola foundation for several fruitful years. The Ripples of Happiness program has facilitated knowledge transfer to the next generation in a fun, yet challenging environment that teaches students to operate their own projects in the future, while still receiving education.”
Nael Fayez, CEO of INJAZ Saudi Arabia commented: “We are delighted to be working with the
Omar Bennis, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the
The 9th semester of Ripples of Happiness program, which is set to conclude in May of 2016, will award the first place winner with a SAR37,500 grant, and SAR26,250 and SAR18,750 for second and third places respectively.
When asked about their experience with the program, one of the participants of the 8th semester of Ripples of happiness, said: “Ripples of Happiness has changed my life forever. It gave me a whole new perspective of community work and how each of us can contribute to our society in a positive way. The wealth of information and knowledge I got from the program was unmatched. Today, the very same team who took part in Ripples of Happiness last year is getting together to pursue that same idea even further, and turn it into a real business model. We want to continue what we started; continue the positive work. I would like to thank
There were a number of strong submissions last year as part of the Ripples of Happiness campaign in Saudi Arabia that impacted the community in a very positive way. “Ra7at-hom B Edaina” Program, which helps integrate those with special needs into society and “Nothmer”, which promotes story-telling to children and provides them with a friendly environment while encouraging them to read, are just two good examples of many shared.
For more information, visit: www.ripplesofhappiness.com
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