Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen

Grade Level of Students Participating

Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Post-secondary

Number of Students Participating per Year

Varies by country 

Year Organization Began


Relationship to the public education system

INJAZ Al Arab works within and outside the public education system. 

Organization’s Vision and Mission

INJAZ Al Arab, MENA regional office of Junior Achievement Worldwide, seeks to instill a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among Arab youth in the Middle East and North Africa.

Vision: To inspire and prepare a generation of Arab youth to utilize their natural talents, inspiration, passion and determination to become the business leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Mission: By developing relevant, hands on training and mentoring programs for Arab youth and connecting them to business leaders to serve as teachers and role models, INJAZ strives to accelerate young people’s ability to contribute to the economic development of their nations and regions by becoming business leaders and entrepreneurs of their local communities

Brief Description of Program Activities

INJAZ programs help students gain insight into the complexities and rewards of entrepreneurship and business in today’s interdependent market economy. Successful local business leaders serve as classroom mentors to make the economic concepts relevant, fuel entrepreneurial desire, and challenge students to excel. Through these programs, INJAZ provides youth with the appropriate skills they need to succeed in the private sector, whether as employees or as entrepreneurs themselves.  

INJAZ believes and teaches youth the following:  

Work Readiness: The widespread mismatch between the skills attained in school and those demanded by the private sector are feeding current youth unemployment rates. INJAZ Al-Arab programs build teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and leadership skills employers look for.  Programs under work readiness are as follows: 

  • Head Start
  • Career Success
  • Steer Your Career
  • Be A Leader
  • Business Ethics
  • Job Shadow Day
  • It’s My Future
  • Our Nation
  • Student Exchange Program 

Financial Literacy: Teaching young people about responsible money management is key to building their own financial security and an economically prosperous future for themselves. Programs under financial literacy are as follows:

  • Personal Economics
  • Personal Finance
  • Stocks In Action
  • Economics For Success
  • Our Selves
  • Our City
  • More Than Money

Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship education prepares youth to be responsible, enterprising individuals. Immersing them in real life learning experiences allows them to take measured risks, manage the results, and learn from the outcomes. This growing number of youth led enterprises creates new jobs and fuels economic development. Programs under entrepreneurship are as follows:

  • Start Up
  • Company Program
  • Innovation Camp
  • Ripples of Happiness
  • Be Entrepreneurial
  • Entrepreneurship Master Class
  • It’s My Business

 Aside from the above-mentioned programs that are delivered primarily through country offices, INJAZ also has new initiatives to further its vision and mission.

Company Program Portal is a new blended learning initiative by INJAZ Al-Arab to expand its online offerings in order to complement the educational content and experiences that are part of INJAZ Al-Arab’s Company Program. At present, Company Program portal hosts a thorough set of articles that detail the business development process and provide guidelines and tips on how best to start a new enterprise. There is also a complementary set of videos that provide entrepreneurial advice from some of the region’s premier entrepreneurs and business people.

INJAZ also hosts competitions as an extension of some programs, which occur at the national and regional level as well as online. In particular, INJAZ fosters business ideas among participating students in Company Program through National and Regional Company Competitions.  

Program Content: Intrapersonal Competencies

Self awareness, time management, creativity

Program Content: Interpersonal Competencies

Teamwork, collaboration, communication, leadership

Program Content: Cognitive Competencies

Critical thinking, problem solving, goal setting, analysis ,risk management, business planning, personal finance, budgeting

Program Content: Attitudes and Values


  • Commitment to connecting knowledge and experiences with enthusiasm. 
  • Real world culturally relevant and engaging programs. 
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration.

Program Content: Pedagogy/ Active Engagement of Students

INJAZ recruits private sector volunteers to work directly with the students. In doing so, INJAZ programs aim to bridge the gap between the classroom environment and the workplace. INJAZ programs assist in preparing young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs, which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

Reference List

1 All information provided in this table are based on INJAZ Al-Arab’s website and e-mail communication with Dima Masri, PR and Communications Manager, at INJAZ Al-Arab.

Prepared by

Seungah Lee