Muscat: Omantel, the first and leading provider of integrated telecommunications services in the Sultanate, has announced the launch of its “Think and Innovate” bus.
The initiative aims to provide self-learning opportunities, encourage innovation among students and establish a platform to showcase these innovations throughout the Sultanate. The inauguration was held under the patronage of Her Excellency Dr Madiha bint Ahmed Al Shibaniyah, Minister of Education, in the presence of Mr Talal bin Saeed Al Mamari, CEO of Omantel.
The bus will continuously visit students, teaching staff and officials at various schools in the Sultanate as planned, to enable students to achieve excellence and lead their way to top ranks in regional and international arenas through a number of forums, programs and specialised scientific workshops, in addition to holding workshops in some malls and participating in scientific events and exhibitions in the Sultanate.
Commenting on the launch of this initiative, Alia Al Habsi, Director General of Directorate-General of Education in North Al Sharqiyah, said “We are delighted to launch this initiative which will undoubtedly contribute to the efforts to create an innovation-friendly educational environment. The Ministry supports and values such initiatives that reflect Omantel’s commitment to its corporate social responsibility.”
On her part, Laila Al Wahaibi, CSR Manager at Omantel, commented, “Innovation is one of the key values that Omantel embraces. We are very keen on encouraging future generations to think differently, innovate and contribute to finding new solutions and innovations. This initiative is intended to be a unique platform for students from various governorates in the Sultanate to unleash their innovations with the help of competent instructors.”
Al Wahaibi stressed on the importance of partnership with the Ministry of Education. As she said, Omantel has previously signed several agreements with the Ministry for similar projects that aimed at supporting digital transformation and innovation at various schools throughout the Sultanate.
Al Wahaibi also added, “We are seeking to raise an innovative generation that can imbibe the Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies. We strive to host specialised training courses in robots and electronics that help qualify competitors to compete in the international arena. We aim to achieve this goal through continuous partnership with public and private sectors and promote innovative educational and learning processes. Extensive field visits will also be prepared for schools.”