Muscat, 28 November 2018: Nama Group concluded the final evaluation stage of 2018 Nama Ambassadors Programme, held in collaboration with Oman’s Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Manpower, designed for schools, colleges and universities students plus vocational colleges students from all over the Sultanate. The evaluation stage was conducted to nominate winning projects and teams representing schools and higher education institutions. The winners will be announced and participants to be honoured at the closing ceremony of the Group’s "Musharaka Conference", taking place at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre on 12 December 2018.
This year, the number of projects qualified to the final evaluation stage was 29 student projects out of 423 participating projects from various schools, colleges and universities in the Sultanate. It is worth mentioning that the participating projects have increased in comparison to the overall projects participated last year; 305 project. Also, the total number of 2018 students, representing schools reached 874 students compared to 2017 statistics which amounted to 360, while number of students participating from colleges and universities were 1147 students compared to 1061 in the programme’s last year edition.
The stage included the evaluation of the qualified projects based on special regulations and criteria to finally identify best 3 projects of the school category and best 3 projects in the category of colleges, universities and vocational colleges. The evaluation criteria were the project’s general plan, idea, target group, sustainability, key objectives, Media objectives, and prototype quality.
The teams were evaluated by a specialised committee with experience in the field of sustainable project management and implementation. The committee included: Dr. Ahmed Al Busaidi, Programme Manager of Renewable Energy at The Research Council, Dr. Ahmed Al Riyami, Quality Assurance Expert at Ministry of Higher Education, Ms. Dareen Mehdi, Board Member of the Environment Society of Oman, Mr. Yaqoob Al Rabaani, HSE Programme Manager at Numo Institute for Competency Development (NICD), member of Nama Group, Eng. Said Al Haraizi, and Mr. Tariq Al Harrasi, a patent expert in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Nama Ambassadors Programme, being held for the third consecutive year, is one of the most significant sustainable development initiatives in Nama Group. The programme aims to introduce students to the concepts of the sustainable environment development, the importance of renewable energy resources, modern technologies as well as planning and implementing sustainable projects. Further, the initiative aims at building a future national youth base to contribute to the sustainability patterns in the Sultanate.