Posted on September 09, 2015

The Qatar Centre For Voluntary Activities (QCFVA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar Shell, to encourage an increasing number of local volunteers to participate in Qatar Shell’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The MoU aims to promote cooperation with civil society organizations, to train volunteers and provide them with the necessary skills to support each initiative. The first of these collaborations will be for the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’, an initiative that aims to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit among young people in Qatar, by enhancing their business knowledge and equipping them with valuable skills including team work and strategic thinking. 

The MoU is expected to inspire more volunteer mentors to join the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ 2015. The mentors will participate in a series of training sessions to equip them with the necessary skills to mentor and coach students on entrepreneurial business skills, as well as to enhance ethical business knowledge. Aisha Al Kuwari Chairperson of the QCFVA praised Qatar Shell for its leading role in promoting social responsibility initiatives that contribute to the Qatar National Vision 2030; “We are extremely delighted to cooperate with Qatar Shell. This MoU will allow volunteers to participate in leading initiatives such as the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’.

QCFVA signs memorandum 2 [].jpgShe added, “QCFVA aims to promote volunteer work and raise awareness about social responsibility, including activities beneficial to both young Qataris and residents, in line with our slogan: 'You are the source of rejuvenation, so be the first to take the initiative and volunteer’. The centre is also keen on promoting science and Islamic moral values in addition to contributing to the development of the educational, scientific and practical skills of young people and residents," she added.

Qatar Shell's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager, Mohammed Abu Jbara said: “QCFVA plays a pivotal role in raising awareness about volunteer activities at individual and community levels. We are extremely happy to be signing this long term MoU.” “Volunteers represent the cornerstone of Qatar Shell’s CSR initiatives including the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ programme. By training volunteers, Qatar Shell aims to equip young people with skills that will enrich their personal and professional life,” he added.

QCFVA signs memorandum 3 [].jpgThe ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ programme has different levels for high school and university students, and is made up of three parts comprising: The Ethical Business Challenge, which tests participants’ ability to balance the economic, environmental and social performance of their company; The Business Simulation which familiarises students with general business concepts from inception through to trading, finance, sales, marketing and production; and The Grand Finals, where universities and school groups compete with other teams to demonstrate their business skills with the highest scoring teams winning the overall competition.

The ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ runs throughout October and November, with the Grand Final competition for universities taking place in December 2015. The programme for schools will commence in January 2016, with the Grand Final competition taking place in April 2016. Since its inception in 2012, the ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’ programme has expanded rapidly, with a growing number of institutions, businesses, schools, and mentors participating in the programme.

In 2014, the programme received special praise and recognition during the ‘UK Mentor of the Year Awards’ hosted by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales at Sandringham Palace in the United Kingdom. In 2015, Qatar Shell and Bedaya won the Social Development Centre’s Reyada ‘Outstanding Entrepreneurial Support’ Award for their commitment to Qatari entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises.