INJAZ Qatar - Top Prize in National Business Competition for Students of Al Maha Academy for Girls


Budding entrepreneurs from Al Maha Academy for Girls’ Orenda Company have achieved national recognition when winning the ‘Best Company’ in Qatar Award in the International INJAZ business competition. Their unique, ground breaking, yet environmentally friendly business product idea for plant based tableware is attracting strong commercial interest. The product is made of natural clay with palm leaves, plastic free, completely recyclable and using dead leaves.  very practical in its characteristic design. The girls’ reward for their ingenuity, business acumen and drive was to be selected for the INJAZ Regional Finals in Oman.

Under the enthusiastic patronage of Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Al Thani, INJAZ Qatar partners with pioneering leaders at the cutting edge of the local business community, corporate volunteers and educators to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy. INJAZ Qatar is a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. It was set up in 1919 and reaches over 10 million students annually across more than 120 countries.

The program demonstrates belief in the boundless potential of young people and is fully supported by the Prime Minister of Qatar, HE Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani and sponsored by Exxon-Mobil.

The successful Al Maha Academy for Girls team was called Orenda and included Maryam Mubarak Al Mohammed, Nouf Saleh Ali, Buthaina Abdulla Abdulqader Al Haj, Al Anoud Faisal Al Thani, Maryam Ahmad Al Khoori, Roudha Saif Al Khaldi and Reem Nasser Al Naeimi. They created a unique product using dead palm leaves because of their distinctive Arabic connection to make disposable plates, bowls and kitchen utensils with a target market including coffee shops, school cafeterias, restaurants and delivery apps. All aspects of a business plan were followed from developing the company vision and financial brief to production and human resources, from marketing to production and pricing strategies.

The girls were closely supported by Ms Nazmat Bahar the AMAG Head of ICT & Business and Ms Amy Guerin, the Business teacher who praised the girls’ ‘commitment, ingenuity and determination.’

Head of Secondary Ms Kushwant Baines said ‘it is wonderful to see the enterprising, entrepreneurial spirit which the girlshave demonstrated. They represent the Academy with great distinction. Academy Principal, Ms Jeanette Azouz said ‘we are incredibly proud of the girls and their outstanding business success.’

Ta’allum’s Director of Education Dr Mohammed Saefan said ‘the Orenda Company are a credit to AMAG and to Ta’allum. Real life experiences such as this involving ‘Learning by Doing’ broaden our students’ perspective and encourage personal growth and development.’ Ta’allum CEO Mr Ahmed Al Mannai praised the girls saying ‘the future is bright for Qatar with such enterprise and achievement. Well done to Orenda.’

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