Social Entrepreneurship training opportunity for UAE Women

Partnership between NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and the UK-based School for Social Entrepreneurs will teach the skills needed to launch and operate community projects.
The signing between NAMA (HE Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment) and SSE officials Alastair Wilson, (CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs).

January 17th, 2018, Sharjah (UAE): Twenty UAE-based women will get a chance to harness their innovation skills to benefit society in a 10-month long “Badiri Social Entrepreneurship Programme”.

The programme is a partnership between Badiri Education and Development, one of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment’s (NAMA) entities, and the UK-based School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).  The programme was announced recently at SSE’s premises in London with representatives of both organisations present.

The joint venture will see the two entities collaborating on the “Badiri Social Entrepreneurship Programme”, which will take 20 women on an educational journey across three countries: the UAE, the UK and India. It will give them a chance to receive first-hand experience of what it is like running a social enterprise and to be inspired by expert social entrepreneurs and previous SSE graduates.

The process of application and selection for the NAMA-SSE programme will take place in the first quarter of 2018, with the programme starting in the second quarter.

NAMA is a UAE-based women’s empowerment organisation known for its array of entities and activities that support women socially and economically; Badiri Education and Development is it’s educational and capacity building arm.

The Badiri Social Entrepreneurship programme aims to incorporate profitable business ideas with projects that have a positive social impact.

“NAMA’s Badiri has a well-established programme that supports women entrepreneurs in the field of business, with the aim of empowering them and enhancing their effectiveness as capital generators” that help them both provide for their families and play an important role in developing the nation. We are now delighted to offer a new focus, which will see 10 women learning how to become altruistic innovators and discovering how they can use their skills for the benefit of society,” said HE Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment.

“This is an important extension of the function of Badiri, with the new direction resulting from the guidance of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of NAMA. Her Highness’s vision is to bring the entrepreneurial talents of UAE women support social issues, so that their skills can be used for good causes,” BinKaram added.

Alastair Wilson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “The School for Social Entrepreneurs has been supporting social entrepreneurs for two decades through learning, connections and support. We are excited that the Badiri Social Entrepreneurship Programme will build strong roots in the UAE for enterprises to create social impact. The programme will empower women in business, equipping them with the skills, emotional resourcefulness and networks needed to create lasting social change.”

Badiri Education and Development aims to boost, reward and showcase the spirit of female entrepreneurs and develop their skills enabling them to successfully participate in the economy locally and globally. Badiri conducts a number of short and long-term training programmes and workshops designed for women, to equip them with the skills and knowledge to excel in the workforce. It also focuses on building the capacity of women through its online platform, and its e-library, which provides information and resources on women in various economic and social sectors.

Founded in East London in 1997, SSE has since grown to become a global network with 11 schools across the UK, Canada and India, reaching people even further afield. The organisation helps more than 1,000 leaders of social change every year through courses, connections and support, developing their impact, networks, business skills and emotional resourcefulness. SSE’s learning approach focuses on peer-support and taking action.

NAMA Women Advancement Establishment

Established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, NAMA Women Advancement Establishment is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.

Our core philosophy at NAMA is to raise awareness that women are an indispensable human resource for the development of every nation. NAMA was conceived to go beyond the remit of supporting women and ensuring gender equality to a broader scope that aims to see women become influential key members of society, thereby enabling them to climb the ladder of success.

It encourages policies and legislation to support women and actively pursues programmes that support gender integration into all sectors and abolishes unjust practices and policies that discriminate against the advancement of women.

Sharjah Business Women Council, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, NAMA Fund, Badiri Education and Development, and Anwan, fall under the umbrella of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment.

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The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE)

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) empowers people to create change in their communities and improve the lives of others. It supports social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs: people who tackle social problems by starting, scaling and sustaining organisations. SSE helps more than 1,000 leaders of social change every year through courses, connections and support. Michael Young founded SSE in 1997 in London. Today, SSE’s network of 11 schools impacts communities across the UK, Canada and India.

SSE communications manager: Sophie Hobson,


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