A ceremony celebrating the fruitful partnership between SPARK and the IDB Group in Jordan will be held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser, President of the Islamic Development Bank Group
Amman, Saturday October 1, 2022 – Under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser, President of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), SPARK held a ceremony to celebrate the conclusion of the jointly funded and implemented Tadamon and Higher Education Programs in Jordan. The programs have helped mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq by supporting vulnerable youth, including refugees and women, with postgraduate scholarships, by promoting entrepreneurship, linking young people to jobs and supporting SMEs. .
The ceremony took place on October 1, 2022 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Amman, Jordan, and was attended by over 250 participants, including fellows, MSMEs, entrepreneurs and program partners. His Excellency Dr. Al Jasser delivered an inspiring speech to the audience, stating that “the work you are doing today demonstrates that young people can be entrepreneurs, scholars and thought leaders if properly supported. “.
His Excellency Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Founder of the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund, also delivered a keynote address in which he highlighted the efforts of SPARK and the IDB to establish instrumental pathways to employment sustainable and change the lives of young people.
For his part, the Founder and CEO of SPARK, Mr. Yannick Du Pont, presented the role of SPARK as an international development organization that has been supporting vulnerable young Jordanians and refugees since 2016 by providing them with the relevant skills needed to unlock their access to the labor market amid growing unemployment. SPARK supports young people with scholarships and helps them find and keep sustainable employment by helping entrepreneurs start new businesses. It also allows existing businesses to grow and grow. All in the name of job creation.
During the ceremony, HE Dr. Al Jasser and HE Mr. Al Ghurair also officially announced the launch of the new Education and Training Program (STEP) in Jordan and Lebanon in partnership with SPARK which will help new businesses and existing ones to expand, create jobs and increase access to labor markets for refugees, young people and vulnerable women. The program will target refugee youth (50%) and host community youth (50%) aged 15-24 with 50% female participation. The STEP with SPARK program provides technical and vocational education and training (TVET), curriculum support, and business skills training. In addition, it facilitates internships and job placements for young people to gain valuable work experience. STEP is generously funded by the Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund through the Global Muslim Philanthropist Fund for Children (GMPFC), a joint IDB-UNICEF initiative.
About the Islamic Development Bank (IDB)
The Islamic Development Bank is a multilateral development bank that strives to improve the lives of those we serve by promoting social and economic development in member countries and Muslim communities around the world, delivering far-reaching impact. ladder. The IDB provides the infrastructure for people to lead better lives and realize their full potential.
About Islamic Development Fund (ISFD)
The Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD) is dedicated to alleviating poverty in its member countries by promoting pro-poor growth, with emphasis on human development, especially improving health care and education, and providing financial support to build productive capacity and sustainable means of income for the poor, including funding employment opportunities, providing business opportunities, especially for the rural poor and improving basic rural and pre-urban infrastructure.
SPARK is an international non-governmental development organization active throughout the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. For over 28 years, SPARK has been creating pathways for young people to rebuild their futures. SPARK offers young people, especially women and refugees, the opportunity to study, work and develop their own businesses in fragile communities by offering scholarships for postgraduate (vocational) studies, entrepreneurship development and support for SMEs. All SPARK programs are founded in close collaboration with local partner organizations.
The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund
The Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund was established by philanthropist and businessman HE Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair on the occasion of World Refugee Day (June 20) 2018 from HE’s personal fund. It has successfully supported over 48,000 young refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and conflict-affected children residing in the United Arab Emirates through partnerships with 20 organisations. The fund supports high-impact education programs at the secondary, vocational and tertiary levels of education for young refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. Additionally, it enhances access to education for conflict-affected youth residing in the UAE. The fund is administered by the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education.