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As part of  ILO’s project with the Small and Micro Enterprise Promotion Service (SMEPS) to improve Yemeni youth’s accessto  Decent Work, the Mubadara Entrepreneurship Education programme was developed and pilot tested in eight Yemeni universities targeting youth in their graduating year. As part of the programme, a business plan competition is planned to be held in partnership with the private sector and the sponsorship of Al Tadhamon and Al Kuraimi Banks. The winners of the competition will receive financial and/or in-kind support for the establishment of their business start-up.

As part of the programme, a Training of Coaches (TOC) workshop was held in Al Bustan Hotel in Sana’a between November 28 and December 5, 2014. The workshop targeted 26 professors and private sector employees from different areas of Yemen; these men and women will be coaching the 50 graduates whose business plans are selected for entry in the business plan competition. The participants were enthusiastic to learn coaching skills and support Yemeni youth in developing their business plans.

Approximately 380 plans were submitted by students after taking the Mubadara course, showing their great interest in establishing their own business in the future. In 2014, the Mubadara programme reached a total of 1,044 students in 8 universities with 24 teachers instructing across 5 governorates of Yemen.

During the training of coaches’ workshop, a number of prominent Yemenis showed their support for fostering entrepreneurial attitudes among Yemeni youth and the need for close involvement of the private sector to facilitate the process and coach these young people. The opening ceremony speakers included Mr. Youssef Kuraimi, Head of Al Kuraimi Bank, Mr. Rifaat El Miamary, Deputy of the Executive Director at Al Tadhamon Bank, Dr. Ali Qassem, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Mr. Ibrahim Al Hugari, former Minister of Technical Education and Vocational Training.

In addition, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mr. Mohammad Motahar and Mr. Al Nashmy, Dean of the Faculty of Public Administration from the University of Sciences and Technology, attended the workshop’s closing ceremony and distributed certificates of attendance to the participants. The Minister expressed his support of the Mubadara programme and expressed  the need to establish entrepreneurship centers in Yemeni universities.

Currently, a revision of the business plans is underway and the top 50 applicants will be contacted in the coming weeks to confirm their enrolment in the Business Plan Competition and move forward in further developing their plans with their assigned coaches.  

Published in Yemen

Following the successful implementation of the KAB programme in Yemen and at the request of the Minister of Higher Education to include entrepreneurship topics in university curricula, ILO developed a new entrepreneurship programme, “Mubadara”, which is an advanced curriculum targeting senior students in public and private universities.

The aim under the current ILO Youth Employment Project YEM/12/50/NOR in Yemen is to pilot the programme in 7 public and private universities in Yemen and reach out to more than 1000 students during the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.

The “Mubadara” implementation modality is composed of three main components:

  • Integrating the curriculum in the selected public and private universities and building the capacity of their faculty members to teach it using an experiential methodology.
  • Ensuring quality execution and close monitoring of business plan formulation with the assistance of trained private sector coaches.
  • Implementing a national business plan competition which would allow students to apply their learning and increase private sector involvement in supporting entrepreneurship in Yemen.

The launching event of the “Mubadara” programme was held on Thursday July 4th, 2013 at the Bustan Hotel in Sana’a. There were more than 50 attendees from the 7-8 participating universities including, Mr. Mohammed Mottahar, Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Ali Kassem, MoHE Secretary General,  partner banks, representatives of the  young businessmen committee of the FCCI and the press. Following the formal opening made by Mr. Kassem (MoHE), Mr. Qaid (SMEPS), Mr. Kalai and Ms. Bikhazi (ILO), all 7 universities and 2 partner banks reviewed the MOU to be signed with SMEPS for the implementation of the “Mubadara” programme and signed it.

There was a general positive atmosphere and all project partners expressed willingness and readiness to take part in the “Mubadara” pilot.

The upcoming Mubadara TOT is scheduled to take place in September 2013 after which teachers will start piloting it in their respective universities.

 

Published in Yemen

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