Oman—Corporate Social Investment Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (CSR STEAM) Program

Client: Khimji Ramdas

Duration: 2019-2022

Region: Middle East and North Africa

Country: Oman

Solutions: Sustainable Business

DAI’s Sustainable Business Group partnered with Eshraqa—the social development of arm of Khimji Ramdas, one of the Sultanate’s leading business conglomerates—to deliver stemazone as its flagship corporate social responsibility program.

The stemazone initiative provides services to children across the country and inspires young Omanis to enter STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) fields and set them on the STEAM pathway from an early age, which studies show is critical to building a skilled workforce.

The stemazone is national in scope and implemented in partnership with the Oman Children’s Museum. Under this partnership, Oman’s Children Museum serves as the anchor location in Muscat for the initiative, hosting visitors from the public and schools interested in engaging in STEAM-related activities, including coding, robotics, 3-D printing, and more. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project pivoted to a hybrid model combining in-person and virtual activities. The e-stemazone has online webinars and courses on a range of topics, accessible for free to students across Oman.

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A Digital-First Approach to Learning The stemazone curriculum emphasizes best practices in hands-on learning by doing. Students learn about technology, develop new skills with the guidance of experienced instructors, and conduct experiments based on the engineering design process—using simple materials they can find in their homes. The platform includes coding exercises for beginners from the age of seven to more intermediate coders. The e-stemazone helps develop students’ technological skills by having them interact with content online.

Stemazone Program Wins Three Innovation Awards

The stemazone Initiative was a big winner at the 2021 Future Skills and Human Resources Development Conference in Muscat, Oman. The Arabian Research Bureau ARB/OITE presented awards to Eshraqa in three categories: “Future Technology,” “Robotics,” and “Best of the Best.”

“We are delighted that Eshraqa’s Stemazone has received these awards. DAI has helped us to design and implement a world-class education program that supports Oman’s Vision 2040, equipping youth with skills to take on the challenges of the global economy in the 21st century,” said Rajiv Ahuja, Head of Corporate Communications and CSR Programs at Khimji Ramdas.

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