The “Badri Academy for Knowledge and Capacity Building” – the educational arm of the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women has launched the first session of the “Padre Entrepreneurship Program 2021” in partnership with the Ministry of Economy, local and international academic institutions, and local specialized institutions with the aim of developing skills. The knowledge and entrepreneurship of female members of existing entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the country through a set of necessary tools, practices, and frameworks that will be provided to them according to a comprehensive and integrated educational curriculum over a period of seven months to transform their ideas in the world of entrepreneurship into a tangible reality.
This came during the virtual press conference recently organized by the Academy, in the presence and participation of His Excellency Reem bin Karam, Director of the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women and a number of representatives of partner bodies and institutions, including the Ministry of Economy, the National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises and Enterprises of the Ministry, the National Center for Science and Technology in Pakistan and the College of Social Entrepreneurship In the United Kingdom, the Department of Economic Development in Sharjah, the Sharjah Center for International Commercial Arbitration / Arbitration /, the Sharjah Foundation for Entrepreneurial Support / Ruwwad /, Sheraa International Project Management Company / Sheraa /, Sharjah Islamic Bank and the Sharjah Businesswomen Council.
In addition to developing entrepreneurial skills, the program helps female students learn about international best practices in the field of entrepreneurship and enables them to prepare integrated action plans to transform their ideas into entrepreneurial projects, as it includes 6 educational courses, 7 practical workshops and field visits to projects as well as individual sessions.
The “Badre Entrepreneurship 2021” program is characterized by ease of learning, as the educational sessions will be virtual remotely, in addition to the participation of experts in various fields of entrepreneurship in providing specialized individual sessions and the opportunity to gain live practical experiences through field visits to successful projects and institutions and help in the process of launching entrepreneurial projects. Through the Sharjah Business Women Council.
The Academy has set a number of conditions for enrollment in the program, which accommodates between 25 to 30 female affiliates, namely that the female member must be Emirati or resident in the country, at least 21 years old, and have an entrepreneurial idea, provided that she is committed to attending the entire program virtually through the “Zoom” platform and participating in visits. In addition to her proficiency in the English language, her educational attainment should be secondary school or higher.
The Academy allows membership in the program by filling out an electronic form on its official website www.badiri.ae in addition to submitting a business idea and a complete summary thereof, as a team from the Academy will sort the registration requests and conduct virtual interviews with the candidates to announce the names of the accepted candidates and the registration process continues during the period between 24 March and April 24, 2021, and the program will start on May 14th.
In her speech during the conference, His Excellency Reem bin Karam emphasized that encouraging and supporting women entrepreneurs starts with empowering them with knowledge and increasing their expertise in the labor market and expanding their capabilities and skills to overcome challenges and turn them into opportunities … referring to the endeavors of the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women to build a new generation of successful entrepreneurs, including a program. Badri Entrepreneurship 2021, which was designed with the aim of developing participants’ knowledge and skills in conducting business operations and helping them achieve their goals, whether in relation to launching a new project or developing an existing one.
She said, “We at the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women do not work in isolation from the state institutions and agencies concerned with supporting women’s entrepreneurship in the business sector, but rather we benefit from the achievements they achieve in order to complete the march, which makes us contribute to presenting the UAE’s experience as one of the model countries in the region that succeeded in reaping the fruits of entrepreneurship Women and all this is confirmed as we look at the number of businesswomen in the country, as it has reached 32,000 Emirati businesswomen running projects valued at about $ 45 to $ 50 billion, and the UAE ranks first at the level of the Middle East and North Africa in the report – Women, business activities and the law – For the year 2021 issued by the World Bank.
For her part, Dr. Mona Al Ali, Director of the Badri Academy for Knowledge and Capacity Building, said: The Academy has worked over the past years to qualify and build a new generation of female entrepreneurs in the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE to take an active role in the economy of the emirate and the state and provide new job opportunities, which would achieve Dreams and ambitions on the ground.
She added that the “Badre Entrepreneurship 2021” program comes like many initiatives and programs sponsored by the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, President of the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women, as we were keen to have a design that guarantees the success of the women’s journey towards entrepreneurship by providing educational and scientific curricula A comprehensive and integrated program, and we look forward to the program as a catalyst and tributary to everyone who has an entrepreneurial idea that seeks to become a reality on the ground.
Azza Bin Sulaiman, Director of the National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises and Enterprises of the Ministry of Economy, said: The National Program for Small and Medium Enterprises and Enterprises is honored with this partnership with Badri, which is consistent with the program’s orientations in building partnerships with various competent authorities in the country and building knowledge and training about everything It supports the work of entrepreneurs and responding to any challenges they face in cooperation with these bodies … noting that the existence of an academy for knowledge and capacity building such as Badri is not strange to the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women. The vision of leadership for empowering women and building a knowledge economy aims to create such platforms to invest national and global expertise in Refining the capabilities of the beneficiaries of the Academy.
For his part, Alastair Wilson, Executive Director of the College of Social Entrepreneurship, said: We are pleased to be partners of the Nama Foundation for the Advancement of Women in providing a specialized course on social entrepreneurship within the Badre Entrepreneurship Program. This participation is the third cooperation of the Nama Foundation and our college in the field of supporting women entrepreneurs, where we will offer six courses. Virtual educational centered around introducing participants to the concept of social entrepreneurship and presenting many topics under different headings, most notably / Define your goal before starting your entrepreneurial journey / and / Measuring the social impact / and / Successful experiences in social entrepreneurship /.
Dr. Nassar Ikram, Vice President of the National Center for Science and Technology, said: There are many ambitious businesswomen who are struggling to invest their potentials but do not have the required supportive environment. Hence, we believe that the partnership between Badri Academy and the National Center for Science and Technology will provide an ideal opportunity to promote entrepreneurial projects that It is led by women and building the capacities of women entrepreneurs through training courses and providing an enabling environment that equips them with the necessary knowledge in the field of commercial transactions and thus consolidating their role in economic development at the local and global levels.