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Arab Bank in collaboration with Tkiyet Um Ali (TUA) launched “Lamset Dafa” initiative for the tenth consecutive year in line with its social responsibility program “Together”. Through this initiative, 1,125 winter blankets were distributed to 302 TUA beneficiary families in Irbid, Jarash, Ajloun and Ma’an.

The initiative was launched at the beginning of winter with an aim to alleviate the financial burdens of underprivileged families throughout the cold season.

For his part, Director General at Tkiyet Um Ali, Mr. Samer Balkar thanked Arab Bank for its continuous support for Tkiyet Um Ali, praising the bank’s efforts in helping TUA’s beneficiary families during the winter season and spreading joy through  “Lamset Dafa” initiative year after year. Balkar also expressed the organization’s pride in its long-term collaboration with Arab Bank and its support of TUA’s sustainable food aid programs.

Tkiyet Um Ali currently provides sustainable food aid to underprivileged families living below the food poverty line across all governorates of the kingdom through distributing monthly food parcels around the year, containing food items that suffice a family’s nutritional needs for an entire month.

It is worth mentioning that Arab Bank’s social responsibility program “Together” has been supporting community initiatives since its launch, through which hundreds of the bank’s employees volunteered their time and effort. The program also allows customers to donate to several NGOs through Arab Bank’s electronic channels that include ATMs, internet banking as well as “Together” Platinum Credit Card.

Dec 11, 2022
Arab Bank Distributes Blankets to Underprivileged Families in Collaboration with Tkiyet Um Ali

Arab Bank was the platinum sponsor of the King Hussein Award for Cancer Research, which was launched in 2020 by HRH Princess Ghida Talal in honor of His Majesty the late King Hussein bin Talal with the aim to reinforce cancer research efforts in the Arab world.

His Royal Highness Prince Talal bin Muhammad, deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, honored the 2022 award winners in the presence of HRH Princess Ghida Talal and HRH Princess Sumaya bint Hassan during a ceremony organized by the King Hussein Cancer Foundation. The ceremony was attended by a number of Ministers, the award’s board of directors, consisting of leading oncologists, researchers, and doctors from around the world, along with media and award partners.  

The King Hussein Award for Cancer Research is one of the most prominent awards in the region that aims to advance much needed cutting-edge research across the region, filling the gaps in the understanding of cancer in the Arab world while focusing on the study of the Arab gene and ultimately empowering advanced life-saving treatment.

Arab Bank’s sponsorship of the award comes as part of its social responsibility program “Together” and aims to support the King Hussein Cancer Center’s efforts in elevating the level of medical services provided to cancer patients in the Kingdom.

Nov 27, 2022
Arab Bank Platinum Sponsor of The King Hussein Award for Cancer Research 2022

As part of Arab Bank’s efforts towards integrating Sustainability into its operations, the Bank has launched its inaugural Sustainable Finance Framework, which will support its sustainability commitments and environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) priorities.

Arab Bank is the first financial institution in Jordan to issue such a Framework, which is aligned with the four core components of the Green Bond Principles 2021 (“GBP”), Social Bond Principles 2021 (“SBP”) and Sustainability Bond Guidelines 2021 (“SBG”) published by the International Capital Market Association (“ICMA”), as well as the Green Loan Principles 2021 (“GLP”) and Social Loan Principles 2021 (“SLP”) published by the Loan Market Association (“LMA”).

The Bank has obtained a Second Party Opinion from S&P Global Ratings which has affirmed the Framework’s alignment with the aforementioned ICMA and LMA principles.

Arab Bank intends to use the Framework as the basis to issue sustainable debt instruments to advance projects that will contribute to climate action, employment generation as well as support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”).

Commenting on the launch of the Framework, Ms. Randa Sadik – Arab Bank’s CEO said: “We are delighted to have published our Sustainable Finance Framework and Second Party Opinion from S&P Global Ratings. This is yet another significant milestone in our Sustainability journey and a testament to Arab Bank’s efforts towards supporting the ESG agenda and creating a positive impact in Jordan, the MENA region and wherever we operate.”

It is worth mentioning that Arab Bank was the first bank in Jordan and among the first financial institutions in the region to issue GRI based Sustainability reports annually.

To view Arab Bank Sustainable Finance Framework, please click (here)

Nov 23, 2022
Arab Bank – the First Bank in Jordan to Establish a Sustainable Finance Framework

 

Arab Bank has renewed its collaboration agreement with the Jordan Air Ambulance Center for the seventh consecutive year as part of the bank’s social responsibility program “Together”. The cooperation aims at supporting the center in raising the standard of medical services across the Kingdom.

Through the agreement, Arab Bank will support the Jordan Air Ambulance Center in its services, including the transportation of patients and injured persons aerially from remote locations to specialized medical centers, through search and rescue missions using helicopters. This will ensure better treatment in emergency situations.

Commenting on the bank’s support, CEO at Jordan Air Ambulance Center, Captain Ahmad Marwan Wattar, said: “Arab Bank’s support reflects the leading community role it undertakes on a national level.” He added: “We are proud of our continued cooperation with a prominent financial institution like Arab Bank. Supporting the local community is a joint responsibility between both the private and public sectors, which contributes to achieving one of our most important endeavors in providing our citizens with access to life-saving medical services.”

Arab Bank’s social responsibility program “Together” is part of the bank’s strategic approach towards sustainability, through which the bank aims to achieve economic, social and environmental sustainable development by collaborating with different partners. Through a variety of initiatives and activities, the program aims to serve the community in the areas of orphan support, health, poverty alleviation, environmental protection, and education.

Nov 6, 2022
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Arab Bank Renews Its Support to Jordan Air Ambulance Center

Arab Bank renewed the support for "Beeati Al Ajmal" project, which is one of the projects created by distinguished winners of " Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Excellence in Education " whose message calls for upgrading schools through loyal and institutional collaboration of stakeholders.

This project was launched in 2009 at the schools that have distinguished winners who won Queen Rania Al-Abdullah Award for Excellence in Education. Jordan Ministry of Education believed in the importance of this project along with its educational value. During the implementation "Beeati Al Ajmal", the project enhanced students' sense of belonging to their schools, created a sense of responsibility, and enhanced ties between students, teachers, and their communities. "Beeati Al Ajmal" project provides a thorough work methodology and achieves social partnership in addition to its role in reinforcing the manner of following-up and the assessment of achievement in the school environment.

The project demands forming delegated committees in schools to develop various aspects directly related to the development of the school environment. For example, the “Beauty Committee” contributed to the increase in green areas at schools. Moreover, after the implementation of the project in schools, the cleanliness of sanitary facilities, furniture and walls increased. The discipline committee also had a positive effect in reducing the late students percentage, and in reducing the percentage of violators of the school rules and instructions. The “health committee” in its turn, was successful in increasing the percentage of healthy habits by reducing the percentage of having fast food and fizzy drinks.

Due to the importance and the efficacy of the project, for the academic year 2021-2022, almost 819 public schools participated in the project from all Ministry of Education’s directorates across the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Many schools had many accomplishments like; the increase of the number of seedlings up to 33,800 compared to the previous year which was 18,200 seedlings. In addition, 12,800 school community initiatives were implemented compared to the previous year which were 4,568. Theses initiatives aimed at spreading community awareness of personal hygiene care, commitment to cautious measures, and adherence to public safety means through brochures, awareness workshops, and providing personal hygiene supplies. In the psychological and the social element for students, the schools of "Beeati Al Ajmal" project held 12,757 workshops compared to the previous year which were 5,072, and also it held many lectures, and distributed purposeful leaflets, targeting important topics like reinforcing fear overcome and bullying. In addition to all this, there was an increase in the number of contributions by community institutions to support the school environment like seedlings and paint containers.

In her behalf, the “Executive Director of the Association of Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Excellence in Education”, Lubna Touqan, praised the support provided by “Arab Bank” and its positive and ambitious role in supporting the educational sector which is reflected positively on the development of the instructional and the learning processes through its contribution in supporting the public schools interested in "Beeati Al Ajmal” project.  This cooperation asserts Arab Bank's vision in supporting the educational sector. Arab Bank partnership also contributed to raising the awareness of the development of public schools in Jordan in light of the challenges we encounter in this multifaceted globe.

Touqan also stressed the eagerness of the Association of Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education to enhance the partnership with all relevant ministries and institutions. This partnership aims at achieving the common goals of the project based on the Award Association's constant commitment to its responsibilities towards the education sector. Looking forward to achieving more successes of this project accordingly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 26, 2022
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Arab Bank renews its support for Queen Rania Al Abdullah Award for Excellence in Education Project

Arab Bank and King Hussein Cancer Foundation renewed their cooperation for the fifth consecutive year, under which the bank will support the “Back to School” Program at KHCF for the academic year of 2022 – 2023.

This cooperation aims to support the active role undertaken by KHCF in enabling student patients to have continued access to education during their course of treatment at the center, through the assignment of teachers by the Ministry of Education to oversee the program and liaise between patients and their schools.

Over the years, Arab Bank’s support of the program covered several aspects, including: weekly classes, private lessons, and classes taught by the bank’s volunteering employees, school supplies such as stationery, books and laptops, as well as covering school tuition fees for children with special needs. During the academic year of 2021/2022, the bank provided online classes for 199 students and 326 workshops for patients, in addition to covering the educational costs of 20 children with special needs. The bank’s support also entailed the distribution of 76 laptops, 139 tablets in addition to 343 educational platform subscriptions. Through the program, 444 students were able to successfully complete their studies during their course of treatment at the center.

Commenting on this collaboration, Ms. Nisreen Qatamish, Director General of King Hussein Cancer Foundation, said: “We value Arab Bank’s support of the “Back to School” program since 2017. Last year, 100 students were able to benefit from the program while receiving their treatment at the center, while 20 were transferred to special education centers based on their needs.” She added: “Arab Bank’s volunteers were able to raise the patients’ morale and self-confidence, reaffirming the great impact of this collaboration over the years.”

Arab Bank’s support of this initiative is part of its strategic approach to sustainability and role in collaborating with several NGOs to achieve economic, social and environmental sustainable development. “Together”, Arab Bank’s corporate social responsibility program, is a multi-faceted program that works on improving and developing different aspects of the community. Through a variety of initiatives and activities, the program aims to serve the community in health, poverty alleviation, environmental protection, education and orphan support.

Oct 19, 2022
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Arab Bank and King Hussein Cancer Foundation Renew Cooperation in Support of the “Back to School” Program

The Queen Rania Teacher Academy recently launched workshops as part of the “Teach like a Champion” program for public schools in north and central governorates. The workshops are held with the support from Arab Bank across six directorates with an aim of training 200 teachers by the end of 2022.

The program provides the teachers with techniques that help them in running their classroom more efficiently while ensuring that the students acquire and understand the information shared. It also helps the teacher realize that the most crucial task of teaching is to distinguish between the concepts of “I taught it” and “they learned it.”

The “Teach like a Champion” program, originally launched in 2012 and later revamped in 2018, has successfully reached over 6,000 teachers since its inception. 858 teachers from public school in various governorates benefited from the program in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and with the support from Arab Bank.

The results of the program demonstrate that it has successfully achieved its objectives in building the teachers’ knowledge and skills enabling them to run their lessons more effectively, on both academic and behavioral levels. From a sustainability perspective, the program was able to achieve long-term progress in the educators’ classroom management skills in a sustainable manner.

Established in 2009, QRTA is a non-profit organization committed to the vision of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of advancing the quality of education by empowering educators with relevant skills. The academy operates in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to offer innovative and evidence-based professional development programs in Jordan and the region based on international best practices and the latest research in the field.

QRTA has extended more than 100,000 professional development opportunities for teachers and educational leaders. Since its inception, QRTA has invested in attracting and building an experienced and knowledgeable academic cadre by leveraging its partnerships with reputable universities and educational institutions. Thus, offering professional development programs in line with the best practices, and catering to the different needs of educators at various levels of their professional career.

Arab Bank’s support of this program is part of its social responsibility program “Together”, a multi-faceted program that works on improving and developing different aspects of the community. Through a variety of initiatives and activities, the program aims to serve the community in areas related to health, poverty alleviation, environmental protection, education, and orphan support.

Sep 15, 2022
Arab Bank Supports the Queen Rania Teacher Academy in North and Central Governorates

Al Joud Foundation recently concluded the “Sunbulah” initiative through a ceremony honoring the winning schools for the year 2021-2022, held under the patronage of Her Highness Princess Alia Tawfiq Tabbaa, and with the support of Arab Bank. 

The ceremony was held at Princess Alia School for Girls theater and was attended by His Excellency Dr. Nawaf Ajarmeh, the Secretary General for Educational Affairs. 

Arab Bank’s sponsorship of the initiative comes as part of the bank’s efforts in supporting vital initiatives aimed at enhancing the school environment and enabling teachers to spread the culture of social entrepreneurship in collaboration with the local community. 

The initiative witnessed the participation of over 300 teachers from all levels across 68 public schools.  

Commenting on the importance of community initiatives at public schools, Managing Partner of Al Jude Foundation, Maher Kaddoura said that the “Sunbulah” initiative seeks to enable school staff to overcome their work challenges and cooperate in reflecting their achievements on the school environment by promoting knowledge exchange among the teachers and the students. 

Kaddoura also expressed his pride in collaborating with Arab Bank as an exclusive sponsor for this initiative, reaffirming its active role in achieving the foundation’s goals. 

Arab Bank’s support of this initiative is part of its social responsibility program “Together”, a multi-faceted program that works on improving and developing different aspects of the community. Through a variety of initiatives and activities, the program aims to serve the community in areas related to health, poverty alleviation, environmental protection, education, and orphan support.

Sep 12, 2022
Supported by Arab Bank “Sunbulah” Initiative Concludes its Activities

Arab Bank employees recently volunteered in several cultural initiatives and activities held for the Charity Clothing Bank’s beneficiary children at the Knowledge Path Library by Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Arab Bank’s cultural and social responsibility arm.


Over the past years and pre-covid, the Knowledge Path library welcomed a number of Arab Bank employees who volunteered to host reading and cultural activities for underprivileged children. This comes as part of Arab Bank’s commitment towards its social responsibility, and its constant efforts to enhance the learning environment for children. 


The knowledge path’s team organized a number of initiatives for 15 children, which included a storytelling segment, where the children enjoyed a collection of stories and cultural tales narrated by the library’s “Hakawati” in addition to a number of arts and crafts activities that aim to nourish the children’s love for reading given the role of art in storytelling through building their favorite story character. Music activities were also conducted using a number of musical and signing instruments in addition to a free reading session, where the children were able to search for a book or story to read. 


The initiative witnessed great participation from the children and provided a safe space to explore through a variety of interactive and reading activities that stimulate their creative skills and abilities. 


It is worth mentioning that the Knowledge Path Library, part of Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, is a children’s library that opened its doors in 2013 for children and teens of diverse backgrounds as a creative and interactive knowledge space that is trusted by parents. 

Sep 4, 2022
Arab Bank Volunteers Participate in a Cultural Initiative for Children at Knowledge Path Library

In line with the strategic collaboration between Arab Bank and Tkiyet Um Ali, the bank continued its support to Tkiyet Um Ali’s programs. Arab Bank employees participated in distributing monthly food parcels to Tkiyet Um Ali’s sponsored families in Qasabet Irbid through assisting TUA’s team in the registration process and the distribution of parcels as part of Tkiyet Um Ali’s programs for supporting underprivileged families across the Kingdom. 


Tkiyet Um Ali provides monthly sustainable food support to 20,000 underprivileged families living in extreme poverty in all provinces and governorates across the Kingdom. The families receive monthly parcels containing 19 food items that include all the basic nutritional elements, which fulfill the needs of a family for the entire month.


It is worth mentioning that Arab Bank’s social responsibility program “Together” has been supporting community initiatives since its launch. The program also allows customers to donate to several NGOs through Arab Bank’s electronic channels that include ATMs, internet banking as well as “Together” Platinum Credit Card.