Playing a pivotal role in students’ success stories, Jordan Ahli Bank recently sponsored Al Jude Foundation’s Sherkitna (Our Company) initiative, an initiative that seeks to foster in future generations and aptitude for entrepreneurship, productivity, and innovation. Held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, this initiative is positioned to offer students the tools they need to become active and productive citizens within their local communities.
Ending its activities for the academic year of 2011-2012 on a positive note, and with the participation of 3636 students from 400 schools, across 38 educational directorates, the end result of this edition of the Sherkitna initiative comprised the birth of a wide variety of student projects. These student projects were launched within different areas of specialization including: food, embroidery, handicrafts, stationery, lightweight industries, general trade, flower arrangements, house plant grooming, agriculture, and more, with net profits amounting to JD 80,000.
Through its sponsorship, Jordan Ahli Bank supported 25 participating schools. These schools were located in several governorates across the Kingdom including Kerak, Ma’an, Aqaba, Al Balqa’, Jerash, Zarqa, Ajloun, Madaba, and Amman. The project generating the highest profits within this initiative, JD 1400, was one specializing in pastry baking. It was initiated by the Nour Al Hussein Secondary School in Kerak, one of the schools supported by Ahli Bank.
Commenting on these results, Deputy CEO / Head of Group Strategy and Corporate Communications at Jordan Ahli Bank, Mr. Saad Mouasher said, “The Sherkitna initiative is influential in enhancing the participants’ entrepreneurial skills. It offers students hands-on experiences in the business world, while playing a key role in building their futures and entrepreneurial mindsets. Its positive results reflect the great entrepreneurial potential in the community.”
Sherkitna is an initiative owned by the nonprofit Al Jude Foundation. It offers grade-11 school students nationwide a JD 200 start-up fund to invest in a potentially viable business idea, in addition to providing them with the guidance and training necessary to take the idea from concept to fruition. The training workshops organized under the initiative present the students with a thorough understanding of the pillars of success for any applicable project, allowing them to place their visions in the context of the local market and its various specifics.