Entrepreneurs in Egypt: Mohamed Khataan
Young entrepreneurs in Egypt are part of a new wave of self-employment sweeping the nation, and Mostafa Shahat writes about them.
E-learning is a new trend in Egypt after the number of the internet users reached fifty million. Distance learning techniques are now used in education, as many universities in all North Africa countries have started offering online degrees and certificates, so students who are interested in pursuing their postgraduate degrees don’t have to relocate.
But e-learning is also used for training and developing young people’s capabilities, enriching their skills and knowledge through e-training or webinars.
One of the few social enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa region that is entirely operating online, offering weekly webinar and e-training by using distant learning technique, is called Shbab kits, which means Youth Kits in English.
Mohamed Khataan is the young Egyptian social entrepreneur who founded Shbab kits in 2015. A senior student at Arab Open University in Saudi Arabia, Mohamed has had a passion for e-training, development and entrepreneurship fields since 2008. He started working in sales and management departments at different local and international companies from an early age, and he has great achievements in the extracurricular activities that he was part of.
Mohamed volunteered to organise a three-day event called, ‘I have changed in Ramadan’, where almost 1,500 attendees went to training sessions on human development topics. The event was sponsored by Education Experts company through their CSR department.
Mohamed founded an initiative called, ‘Movement is the secret of awakening’, and with the help of 20 volunteers, he conducted several charity activities in three major cities in Saudi Arabia.
‘There are many opportunities online that could support young people in their professional career’, says Mohamed.
He started Shbab kits with eight volunteers. They organised 160 webinars for more than 6,000 trainees from countries all over the Middle East and Gulf countries in 2015.
‘We selected the most important useful topics that young people need nowadays’, says Mohamed.
Shbab kits trainings include accounting, sales, entrepreneurship, human resources, journalism, marketing, social media and business administration. Mohamed has recently started a new online series of webinars in which they share educational scholarships with young people. ‘Shbab kits supports youth to invest their time effectively’, says Mohamed.
‘Young people have to find out their strengths. We all have to have continuous personal development plans and make sure that we are always learning something new’.
Mohamed has been recognised for his excellent leadership and contributions that have been done through Shbab kits, and he is invited as a motivational speaker to many major events in Saudi Arabia.
Article submitted by Mostafa Shahat, the volunteer responsible for Arabic guest bloggers in the MENA region and an entrepreneur who has established one of the most successful youth communities in Egypt, Goal Oriented Learners. Mostafa studied social entrepreneurship in USA and is currently the Middle East & North Africa representative at StudySearch (Nigeria) and the Egypt representative for All Events in City (India). Mostafa is also a reporter at Nudge Sustainability Hub. Email him at [email protected] and check out his other blog A Syrian’s Success in Egypt and more from his Entrepreneurs in Egypt series.
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