Khimji Ramdas (KR) Eshraqa’s Stemazone pavilion is enjoying a remarkable visitor turnout at the 26th edition of the Muscat International Book Fair (MIBF) at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC). The stall was graced by His Highness Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham Al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, who presided over the inauguration ceremony of the Fair.
Students interested in Stemazone’s avant-garde educational programme have been making a beeline for its interactive booth 1K1 and 1K2 at the Fair – to be held until 5th March 2022 – where they are getting acquainted with its hybrid learning experience.
Stemazone encourages children to explore the vibrant world of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) through a physical centre located at the Children’s Museum, and a state-of-the-art online learning system, available at www.stemazoneoman.om. Both experiences offer delightful and engaging sessions of creativity and learning for children between 6 to 16 years, with programmes designed to draw their focus towards development of skills and knowledge in coding, electronics, 3D design, IoT, smart cities, and design thinking. The sessions also aim at building confidence, teaching public speaking and imbibing leadership, teamwork, and collaboration skills.
Speaking on the sidelines of the MIBF – Nailesh Khimji, Director – Khimji Ramdas Group stated: “Considered one of the most important regional fairs in the Arab world – given the increasing number and diversity of titles and publications on display – the Muscat International Book Fair is an unmissable cultural forum that has returned after a one year hiatus. The sheer strength in the number of children and parents swarming Eshraqa’s Stemazone booth at the Fair is a testimony to the exceptional turnout it is witnessing this year. We hope to have even more children visit our booth and reimagine the world of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, while partaking in the exciting activities we have lined up especially for them, including our workshops on Coding and Robotics.”
Discussing the significance of Stemazone, he elaborated: “Our innovative STEAM programme aims to teach and inspire young minds to imbibe skills required in the local and global labour market, in line with Oman Vision 2040. This comes within the framework of achieving the objectives of the national agenda that aims to build an effective ecosystem of Omani talent when it comes to scientific research, creativity and innovation, through interactive learning sessions and workshops.”
Initiated by Eshraqa, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Khimji Ramdas, Stemazone is a sustainable educational programme that has been conceived in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MoYSC). Stemazone workshops help students understand the analytics of problem-solving, collaborating, testing ideas, and creating inspirational work; it also aids them in thinking critically and creatively, while fostering an element of curiosity in them.
Eshraqa has been established on the premise that the private sector has a responsibility towards the development of local communities and towards empowering talented individuals in the Sultanate. By working towards nation-building at the grassroots, Eshraqa aspires to contribute towards the education sector by building infrastructure that will lead to the enhancement of knowledge, skills, and capabilities.