This final course proved to be a considerable milestone, as the total quantity of students to advantage from an Outward Bound Oman course has crossed the 1,000 mark. In collaboration with BP Oman for the previous 4 years, to date, 1,103 students (each male and female) ranging from 14 to 24 years of age have taken element in either a ‘Skills for Life’ or ‘Next Generation’ course. Both initiatives aim to boost employability and instill good function ethics amongst young Omanis. Shamsa al Rawahi, BP Oman’s Social Investment Programme manager, stated, “Outward Bound Oman has time and again, through its initiatives, proved the importance of courses that impart valuable knowledge to our young and prepare them for the job market. We, as mentors, need to be creative and innovative in teaching the youth as well as help them gain insight into the workplace. We are delighted with the success of Next Generation and Skills for Life courses, which have attained an extensive outreach and our youngsters have really benefitted from the experience.”
In addition to considerable numbers of students, teachers have also benefitted from the programme. They gained insights into new strategies of teaching and the worth of experiential understanding. The teachers witnessed students outdoors of a classroom setting, demonstrating inner strength and determination. Hamad al Jabri, a teacher from Falah bin Mohsin School stated, “This course has deepened my understanding of the required skills for entering the job market. The instructors used innovative techniques for delivering the information that helped accomplish goals effectively and quickly. I also feel this course has given me a deeper understanding of my students.”
Mark Evans, common manager of OBO, stated, “We are incredibly grateful that BP Oman has selected to invest in the improvement of young folks in Oman via supporting Outward Bound. At OBO, we think that youngsters want to be provided a platform that enables them to create core and transferable abilities employers are seeking for. Through our courses, we offer them with an chance to encounter abilities such as issue solving, communication and preparing, very first hand.
“The adventurous journey at the core of our courses also develops both resilience and determination. Some participants find the physical challenge of Jebel Akhdar or the desert demanding but they face them head on. “As a consequence, participants learn vital lessons in terms of teamwork, confidence and the importance of a positive mindset – all highly valued by employers.”
Every year, when crafting this programme, BP Oman cautiously selects students from as wide a geographic variety of schools as achievable and guarantees that specialist or particular requirements groups are also incorporated in the mix.
Over the previous 4 years, on behalf of BP Oman, Outward Bound Oman has worked with students stretching from Musandam to Buraimi and Sharqiyah.
Information Source: Muscat Daily