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Orange Jordan supports social innovation in Aqaba with Jordan River Foundation

By JT - Mar 22,2023 - Last updated at Mar 22,2023

Guests pose for a photo during an event organised by Orange Jordan (Photo courtesy of Orange Jordan)

AMMAN — Orange Jordan announced supporting a social innovation space for youth at Queen Rania Centre for Community Empowerment in Aqaba, one of Jordan River Foundation’s projects. 

The space aims to empower 1,500 young men and women in Aqaba through digital innovation skills and active citizenship stemming from Orange Jordan’s role as a responsible digital leader, according to a statement from the company. 

Orange Jordan will offer free digital resources, mainly tools necessary to discover new technologies in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) under the Orange FabLab, to enhance collective and interactive work and active learning, and encourage youth to find new solutions to their socioeconomic challenges. The tools also include football robots, a hologram fan, and an interactive BEAM floor.

CEO of Orange Jordan, Thierry Marigny, affirmed the importance of the partnership in supporting the Jordan River Foundation, as the company seeks to empower youth by providing them with the digital skills, tools, and space needed to turn their ideas into innovative entrepreneurial models with a focus on “learning by experience”.  

Marigny stated that the sponsorship is one of the company’s continuous efforts to increase the number of participants in Orange’s free digital programmes across the Kingdom to promote innovation, empower them to explore new solutions that cater to the economy and society, prepare them for the job market, as well as enhance their entrepreneurial skills and civic participation. 

Director General of Jordan River Foundation, Enaam Barrishi, stressed the importance of preparing the youth of Aqaba for the job market by developing social innovation skills, learning by experience, and utilising technologies in line with the needs and capabilities of youth and their communities through a series of interventions using the latest technology and twenty-first-century skills.

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