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August, 2015

SOHAR announces fourth annual Summer Educational Programme

SOHAR Port and Freezone is gearing up for the launch of its fourth annual Summer Educational Programme. The Programme is designed to help students in Sohar and the nearby province of Liwa to enhance their English and IT knowledge, arming them with vital skills that will help increase their employment prospects in the future. The Summer Educational Programme commences on August 1 and will last for two weeks.
This year’s Programme is being held in partnership with the Ministry of Education and SOHAR’s neighbouring International Maritime College of Oman (IMCO). The Programme has helped almost a thousand local school students over the last three years and this year 330 students aged 10 to 14 will be participating.
 
The Programme was launched four years ago, to help augment participants’ educational acumen which will help them with finding employment in the future. The Programme aims to provide surrounding communities with the skills and income required to improve their own livelihoods and meet the development priorities outlined in the Oman government’s Economic Vision 2020.
Classes will take place at IMCO, a specialist education and training institute in SOHAR, which offers Diploma and Degree Courses for the Maritime, Shipping, Port, Transport and Petrochemical Process industries.
  
Andre Toet, CEO of SOHAR Port, says: “We are delighted to be running the Summer Educational Programme again this year and are very much looking forward to welcoming another group of ambitious, bright young people onto the Programme. SOHAR is committed to creating opportunities for young people in the area and the Summer Educational Programme is just one small part of our wider plans to work with the local community to create a thriving region, in every way possible.”
With global investments worth over US $21 billion, more and more opportunities are emerging as the Port and adjacent Freezone continue to expand. Jamal Aziz, CEO of SOHAR Freezone comments: “SOHAR is growing at an unprecedented rate, this presents vast opportunities for young, local talent. The Summer Educational Programme is a fantastic opportunity to align our ambitions for the future with market trends and to involve up and coming young talents at an early stage; I cannot think of a better match.”