PISJ-ES hosts graduation ceremony for 2019 class

Fozia Fayyaz Ahmed, link officer at the Pakistani Consulate, and PISJ-ES Principal Adnan Nasir with the graduating students.
Updated 13 May 2019

PISJ-ES hosts graduation ceremony for 2019 class

Pakistan International School Jeddah — English Section (PISJ-ES) recently held a graduation ceremony for the class of 2019 in the school auditorium. 

The event was attended by Fozia Fayyaz Ahmed, consular and link officer at the Pakistani consulate, as the guest of honor, in addition to other dignitaries, educationists and journalists.

In his speech, Principal Adnan Nasir said: “This day heralds a new beginning leading to the fulfillment of dreams, ambitions, faith and hope.” He praised the performance of students in extracurricular activities such as the poster competition, food bonanza, Model United Nations, English/Urdu dramas, newsletter, anti-bullying campaigns, debates and the art & science exhibition.

Nasir urged students to work hard and persevere to succeed.

Congratulating the students, guest of honor Fayyaz said: “The light of education vitalizes our souls to stay steadfast on our moral values and religious commitments.” 

She added: “PISJ-ES has established a special niche for itself; it breathes ‘Pakistan’ in its true spirit on Saudi soil while strengthening the bond between the two countries. The outstanding academic achievements of the students are a manifestation of their hard work, the teachers’ dedication and the management’s commitment toward the cause of education.” 

Students received their diplomas while the Outstanding Cambridge Learner awardees were presented souvenirs of appreciation.

Top achievers include: Ahmed Salman, Dayem Sahrif, Saim Omer, Yahya Mubashar, Mashal Imran, Nawal Asim, Waniya Afroz, Omer Ahmed and Farman Faheem.

The students tossed their graduation caps after the program, which ended with a photo session and a cake-cutting ceremony.

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

Updated 23 May 2019

360-degree mentoring to boost Saudi social enterprise sector

The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and Mowgli Mentoring have collaborated to strengthen the growing social enterprise sector in the Kingdom through the provision of 360-degree mentoring, which will support the personal and professional development of social entrepreneurs. The EMCC-accredited mentoring organization is working to built the capacity of Saudi mentors by instilling best mentoring practices and sharing experiences from its 10-year work around the world.

Globally, the concept of social entrepreneurship is increasingly gaining momentum and positive attention as it combines commerce with social good, allowing entrepreneurs to go beyond profit to positively impact communities and societies. Supporting these entrepreneurs, therefore, is in line with the KKF’s vision, which is to have a Saudi society with equal opportunities.

The KKF’s collaboration with Mowgli resulted in the creation of the Athar (Impact) Mentoring Program.

This program aims to build and increase the capacity of Saudi mentors, and equip them with the necessary tools to be able to provide mentorship, support and guidance to social entrepreneurs in the Kingdom. Matching mentors with social entrepreneurs and managing their mentorship relationships is a key benefit of the program.

To commence the mentoring program, Mowgli recently delivered a four-day workshop in the KKF premises in Riyadh. Fourteen professionals and business leaders received training to be 360-degree mentors before being matched with 14 social entrepreneurs. Both groups were provided with the guidelines to build solid foundations for their 1-2-1 mentoring relationships. In addition, the matched pairs will be supported over a duration of six months, during which structured on-going support will be provided to ensure that trust-based and impactful mentoring relationships are developed.

Mowgli Mentoring’s CEO Kathleen Bury said: “We see this program supporting the three themes on which the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 was built upon: Developing a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. By supporting social entrepreneurs, we’re working toward achieving the Kingdom’s economic aspirations of increasing SME GDP contribution by 20–30 percent by 2030. We are, therefore, excited to be back in Saudi Arabia and are honored to be working with the King Khalid Foundation in delivering this program, and building Saudi Arabia’s mentoring capacity to sustainably support change-makers and their surrounding ecosystems for years to come.”

The key to developing entrepreneurship and fostering economic development lies in having a well-balanced ecosystem with equal investment in four key pillars: Environment (schooling, parenting), finance (working capital, debt and equity financing), infrastructure (incubators, accelerators, utilities and sound legal frameworks) and human capital development (mentoring, skills and knowledge development). Mowgli supports the latter and has successfully delivered more than 110 mentoring programs across the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.