DUBAI: CNN Arabic has partnered with the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education on two major projects in the areas of Arab youth development and women’s empowerment, Emirates News Agency reported.

The projects are among CNN Arabic’s key initiatives marking its 20th anniversary.

The Siraj initiative will train 300 young Emiratis and Arabs in basic journalistic principles and practices over the next three years.

The UAE-based course aims to equip young people with skills to enhance their employability and competitiveness in the job market.

Siraj is part of the foundation’s recently launched NOMU initiative, which engages in a national vision to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Earlier this summer, 55 people took the first Siraj course virtually, and two more cohorts of young Emiratis will begin six-week courses integrating online and in-person learning and development in October.

Participants recruited by the foundation will work directly with CNN reporters and executives on topics including ideation and brainstorming, strategy development, storytelling, critical and conceptual thinking, debating skills, distribution and audience reach, with sessions complemented by exercises and hands-on learning programs.

The second project that CNN Arabic and the foundation are collaborating on focuses on the Women’s Empowerment Project and will highlight the contributions of Arab women who have made a difference in their communities.

The foundation has helped CNN Arabic identify and grant access to 30 women who have benefited from its programs and the Refugee Education Fund in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates, providing them with cinema equipment and training.

The content will be featured in CNN Arabic’s Her Story section and shared widely on social media.

“These unique projects give our participants skills they can use in their personal and professional lives as well as a platform on which to have their stories heard around the world. On the occasion of CNN Arabic’s 20th anniversary, these initiatives show the impact that journalism can have on the world around us and on society as a whole,” said CNN Arabic Editor-in-Chief Caroline Faraj.

Dr Sonia Ben Jaafar, CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, said: “Creativity and communication are vital in the modern world of work and the young people who take part in these programs will develop skills that will enable them to succeed. flourish in their current and future careers.

“As a foundation, we are thrilled to work with CNN Arabic, an organization that shares our values ​​and is wholeheartedly committed to upskilling Emirati and Arab youth and promoting women’s empowerment in the region.

“Together, we look forward to equipping young people with the tools to succeed as journalists and bringing to life the untold stories of the many inspiring women in this region.”