Arab Bank and Raneen Foundation launch a program to develop the abilities of students

17 Apr, 2011

As part of its commitment to the local community and to develop the skills of school students and their level of education, Arab Bank signed an agreement with the Raneen foundation, in an attempt to extend its support to establish various workshops for students in underprivileged schools around the Kingdom.

Within the agreement, Arab Bank will provide underprivileged schools in the Kingdom with CD players and sets of Raneen stories on CDs, as a foundation for audio libraries in those schools. The schools include The Children’s Village School in Irbid, Al Farwan School in Jerash, Abu Nsair School in Ain Al-Basha, Al Sawanyyah School in Salt, in addition to Dahyet Al Rasheed School, Bint Uday School, Shajaret Al Dur School and Ramlet Bint Oaf School in Amman. The agreement also includes the Thikra initiative in Jordan Valley.

The estimated number of students targeted in these workshops is approximately 550 students and ranges between the ages of 5 and 16 years old. The workshops are based on listening to sound stories that are produced by the Raneen foundation and then expressed using the art of drama and creating dummies, it also aims to develop the students’ listening skills and strengthen their Arabic language.

Commenting on this initiative, Ms. Dina Shoman, Executive Vice President of Branding at Arab Bank said, “We are proud to provide support to the Raneen Foundation for holding the workshops, which comes as part of our constant care to support creative educational initiatives and programs that are launched around the Kingdom under the objective of raising the educational and cultural levels within students, which comes in line with our social commitment at Arab Bank."

Commenting on this gesture, Mrs. Rawan Barakat, founder and director of Raneen Foundation said: "The support of the Arab Bank has enabled us to access the schools in different governorates around the Kingdom and contributed to promote the culture of listening, it also enabled us to establish a foundation of sound libraries in ten different public schools. School students and faculty expressed their joy about this initiative and their strong wish to repeat such programs on an ongoing basis since the nonacademic activities and programs in the schools around Kingdom need continuous support and development.”

Arab Bank has trained nearly twenty male and female employees on the establishment of these workshops for students; this comes as part of the Bank's strategy to involve the staff in such initiatives and programs that benefit the community, particularly students who are the future generation and builders of tomorrow, in order to develop their sense of social responsibility.

Raneen Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to provide audio stories for children between the ages of 5 to 16 years in classical Arabic, where it aims to develop children’s listening skills and to strengthen their Arabic language. The Foundation functions with limited resources and an involved team of volunteer activists from various fields who believe in Raneen’s vision and thereby provide all they can to make Raneen’s dreams come true. Raneen Foundation won the King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement in 2009.