CPF’s priority for 2022 is to strengthen work in the governorates focusing on youth

Top executives of CPF during Tuesday’s press conference. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
AMMAN — The Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) announced Tuesday that its priority in 2022 “is to boost its action in the governorates”, and that opening an office in Maan Governorate is part of this endeavor. اضافة اعلان

The CPF announcement was made at a press conference held by the foundation at its headquarters in King Hussein Business Park, during which top executives highlighted the foundation’s achievements, initiatives and programs executed in 2021,as well as work plans for the current year. Representatives from local and Arab media attended the event.

Chairman of the foundation’s Board of Trustees Ghassan Nuqul said young people are the primary concern of HRH Crown Prince Al-Hussein “who has stressed on more than one occasion the important role of young men and women in shaping the future”.

He said CPF was established in 2015 to oversee the implementation of HRH’s vision to support and develop the capabilities of young people under the slogan, “capable youth for an ambitious Jordan”, and that its work strategy has three aspects: willingness to work, entrepreneurship and leadership, and citizenship.

According to Nuqul, CPF’s Maan office was opened “to ensure an effective presence in the southern region”.

The foundation, he said, is working to reach out to young men and women across the Kingdom’s governorates through launching initiatives and programs under a scientific approach, which will remain under the umbrella of the foundation for some time and then will be incorporated into national institutions to guarantee their sustainability and to achieve optimal results.

CPF’s CEO Tamam Mango said that the Jordanian society is a young community, with a majority from “this important category”, which is the focus of the foundation’s work and interest as it oversees the implementation of 12 initiatives and programs across many sectors.

Mango said that 590,000 young men and women from all governorates were reached in 2021 under the willingness of work and leadership theme, more than 870,000 under the leadership work theme and more than 100,000 under the citizenship work program.

Regarding the foundation’s activities in the southern region, specifically in the Maan Governorate, Mango said: “We work in cooperation with a large group of business partners, and we have been able to reach out to nearly 6,000 young men and women during the period between September and December 2021.”
According to Nuqul, CPF’s Maan office was opened “to ensure an effective presence in the southern region.”
Ismail Al-Hinti, president of Al-Hussein Technical University, one of the CPF initiatives, briefed the audience on the university’s vision, stressing that it was established to enhance technical education in Jordan and align higher education outputs with the requirements of the labor market.

Hinti pointed out that the university established the Center for Excellence and Innovation, which contains an incubator and accelerator, Al-Nawat. The facility hosts more than 20 Jordanian startups in the field of technological engineering, and the university graduated its first cohort last year.

CEO of the Nawat platform Ahmed Al-Zoubi said that the incubator has enabled its partners from civil society institutions to reach out to more than 640,000 beneficiaries with funding from Jordanian companies and individuals at a value of JD4 million.

Zoubi added that the “We” program, which encourages volunteerism among youth, includes more than 83,000 participants who have implemented more than 280,000 volunteering opportunities, i.e., more than 720,000 hours, which culminated at the end of last year with HRH the Crown Prince’s launching the Hussein bin Abdullah II Volunteering Award.

Engineer Ismail Hakki, executive director of Idea Factory, another CPF initiative, said the Digital Fabrication Lab is a member of the Fab International Organization, and an open space available to all segments of society.

“We seek to secure ... an environment that empowers young people to lead and innovate, and transform their projects from just an idea into a tangible product on the ground using digital fabrication tools.”

He underlined a plan to expand the laboratory’s outreach to all governorates in the Kingdom with the aim of giving opportunities to local communities.

In the same context, Director of Programs Department and Performance Excellence at the Crown Prince Foundation Nojoud Sarhan outlined the achievements and action plans of the One Million Jordanian Coders Initiative, the Haqiq Initiative, and the I Participate Program.

She said that the coders plan attracted more than 50,000 people, held more than 20 orientation sessions, and created more than 200 online youth communities.

Around 3,000 students graduated from the I Participate and Haqiq now covers all education program directorates in the Kingdom, a total number of 180 schools. More than 4,000 young people have been trained, more than 25,000 beneficiaries have been reached, and more than 500 voluntary activities have been implemented, she said.

Sarhan told Jordan News that Al-Hussein Technical University “always seeks to coordinate with Jordanian universities, given that it focuses on the practical aspect in all stages of study”.

The foundation, she said, “has created an educational model that contributes to creating jobs for young people by establishing partnerships with various labor sectors and developing programs, courses, certificates and curricula that are compatible with the needs of the market”.

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