Doha, The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, in association with the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) held a graduation ceremony to honor 17 students who have successfully completed Qatar's first ever Hearing Impaired Program. The graduation ceremony was attended by notable VIPs, including HE Minister of Administrative Development and Labor and Social Affairs Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi.
"Give the hearing-impaired community a voice - Breaking down barriers for those living with hearing disabilities" was the main driving theme behind the program we developed which is the first of its kind not only here in Qatar, but in the Middle East as a whole," said Yousuf Mohamed Al Jaida, QFC Authority CEO. He added: "Our CSR activities have largely been focused on inclusion and accessibility and this program was created to ensure that members of the hearing-impaired community have equal access to and an equal opportunity at higher education programs and services to prepare them for work in the fields of banking and finance". He concluded: "I would like to pay tribute to our graduating students who have showed great determination and competence during this program and are now better equipped to provide their collective knowledge and education to pursue job opportunities and help the Qatari economy thrive".
On his part, Dr Abdulaziz Al Horr, QFBA CEO stated: "Human resources is a nation's prime wealth, as capital and natural resources while important, hold no tangible value without a well-educated and equipped human element. Human development and empowerment with knowledge and appropriate training is also one of the prerequisites for achieving comprehensive and sustainable development. In the context of our Social Responsibility, the importance of this program lies in demonstrating the ability of people with special needs, including the hearing-impaired, to actively contribute to the achievement of the Qatar National Vision 2030 by continuing to support its main pillars, leading to the realization of a well-found, safe and prosperous society." The program ran for a duration of eight weeks, with students attending four weekly sessions for a duration of four hours covering topics such as personal planning, creative thinking, general management, social media marketing, career excellence, communication skills and stress and time management.
Source: Qatar News Agency