His Excellency Said bin Hamdoon Al Harthy, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Ports and Maritime Affairs has Inaugurated Duqm Training Initiative which aimed at training young Omanis for work in the various companies working in Duqm Special Economic Zone.
The initiative is the supported by Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority and a group of Omani oil companies operating in Duqm: Duqm Refinery Company and Duqm Petroleum Terminal Company, and implementation oversee by the Local Community Development Committee in the Authority with Takatuf Company in cooperation with GUtech.
A number of lecturers have been assigned to teach enrolled students in the Duqm Training Initiative which will continue for 6 months. Haitham bin Salim Al Shabibi, English Language Teacher, said that the initiative program began to give back outcomes through the attention of the beneficiaries students from the different educational programs, and that interaction from students is increasing day after day, facin difficulties at the beginning in accepting commitment to timing and understanding native English speaking teachers.
Al Shabibi added that the teachers faced challenges such as arrival of the students on time due to the distance between their residences and the center. But this problem was resolved through cooperation of the initiative team represented by Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority, Duqm Refinery Company and Duqm Petroleum Terminal Company by providing transportation and snacks for the students to promote the appropriate atmosphere for the tuition process.
Alein Bryan, an English Language, said that students benefit from the educational programs in a better way day by day, but it is going to take more time, which is normal because we have different teaching methods for all levels of education in GUtech, and we have the expertise to deal with the required levels, and in return, we offer students in Duqm, educational programs to promote their chances for engaging in labor market in the Sultanate in general, and in Duqm Special Economic Zone in particular. And although the class is divided for female and male students, but we monitor more interaction and competition between both gender, which will have a positive impact in the coming months. We also observed that some students have the tendency for education very clearly, and this is what we wish for, that these students would proceed with their education and training in the future, and we are confident that this program will achieve success and students will reap dividends.