The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, in association with the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) held a graduation ceremony to honour 17 students who have successfully completed Qatar’s first ever Hearing Impaired Programme. The graduation ceremony was attended by notable VIPs, including HE Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi Qatar’s Minister of Administrative Development and Labour and Social Affairs.
The programme ran for a duration of eight weeks, with students attending four weekly sessions for a duration of four hours covering topics such as personal planning, creative thinking, general management, social media marketing, career excellence, communication skills and stress and time management.
” Give the hearing-impaired community a voice – Breaking down barriers for those living with hearing disabilities” was the main driving theme behind the programme we developed which is the first of its kind not only here in Qatar, but in the Middle East as a whole,” said Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, QFC Authority CEO. He added: “Our CSR activities have largely been focused on inclusion and accessibility and this programme was created to ensure that members of the hearing-impaired community have equal access to and an equal opportunity at higher education programmes and services to prepare them for work in the fields of banking and finance”. He concluded: “I would like to pay tribute to our graduating students who have showed great determination and competence during this programme and are now better equipped to provide their collective knowledge and education to pursue job opportunities and help the Qatari economy thrive”.
On his part, Dr Abdulaziz Al-Horr, QFBA CEO stated: “Human resources is a nation’s prime wealth, as capital and natural resources while important, hold no tangible value without a well-educated and equipped human element. Human development and empowerment with knowledge and appropriate training is also one of the prerequisites for achieving comprehensive and sustainable development. In the context of our Social Responsibility, the importance of this programme lies in demonstrating the ability of people with special needs, including the hearing-impaired, to actively contribute to the achievement of the Qatar National Vision 2030 by continuing to support its main pillars, leading to the realisation of a well-found, safe and prosperous society.”
He continued: “Which is why we are gathered here today; to celebrate a group of youth who exhibit the highest degree of the will to succeed and prove oneself; a group of youngsters who were freed from the limitations of disability, and didn’t confine themselves and retreat in a shell or waste their time comparing themselves to their peers. Instead, they set goals for themselves, and have sought to achieve them with perseverance and due diligence, and here they are now among us writing a success story marked by resolve and determination, while reaping the fruits of their labour.”
On his part, Ahmed Al Kubaisi, a parent to one of the graduating students stated: “I am both pleased and honoured to see my son Khaled in his cap and gown graduating this prestigious programme. I would like to extend my thanks to the QFC and wish them continued success”
The graduation ceremony which provided an opportunity to celebrate the students’ accomplishments, came as part of the QFC’s continuous efforts to give back to the community.