Second Training of Trainers (TOT) in Qatar on the First Stage of the Social Entrepreneurship Journey: Identifying the Problem and Solution - ESCWA
2-8 November 2021

Second Training of Trainers (TOT) in Qatar on the First Stage of the Social Entrepreneurship Journey: Identifying the Problem and Solution

  • Doha, Qatar

Within the framework of their joint project "Building the Capacities of Young Men and Women in Qatar in the area of Social Entrepreneurship", and building on the first two workshops on the Training of Trainers (TOT) in social entrepreneurship (SE), ESCWA and the NAMA Center are facilitating two additional training workshops, TOT: Part II, in Doha, Qatar from 2 to 4 November and 6 to 8 November 2021.

The two additional sessions were developed in response to feedback from the participants in the first TOT (11 – 14 October 2021). They were designed to meet the NAMA Center's call for investment in new trainers so as to enhance their facilitation skills and knowledge of core SE concepts. The workshops will serve to build a solid cohort of young trainers that can then deliver training sessions independently. The two workshops draw together 28 young people, working in two groups. Each participant is given the opportunity to individually lead and present a workshop session and hone their facilitation skills. Qatari social entrepreneurs are invited to share their knowledge, journeys and experiences, with the workshops including discussions of case studies and success stories. 

The aims of the workshops include:

  • Increasing the technical knowledge of participants around the concept of SE and key notions covered in the first workshops;
  • Sharing further practical and interactive material around SE and training facilitation;
  • Offering 'Consultation Clinics' where participants are referred to a member of ESCWA's training team and receive one-on-one support in facilitation methodologies and workshop preparation. 

Outcome document

  1. The workshops adopted the experiential learning model and techniques which allowed the young participants to test their knowledge and facilitation skills and receive feedback on what they need to work on to be able to train other young persons on social entrepreneurship.
  2. The workshops outcomes showed that participants require further in-depth technical knowledge as well as continuous follow-up and coaching for practicing their facilitation skills in order to build a strong cohort of trainers on the first phase of the social entrepreneurship journey.
  3. A tiering approach should be adopted by ESCWA and NAMA Center in Qatar to further invest in the participants who have a potential to become trainers and support other participants based on their readiness, capacity, and capability.
  4. At the end of the workshops, 75 per cent of the participants expressed their availability and readiness to continue with the training program until the end of the project in 2022.

The sessions aimed at facilitating a deep dive conversation into the entrepreneurial journeys of two known Qatari social entrepreneurs:

  1. Ms. Amal Shamrim, the Founder of Embrace Doha which is a unique Qatari cultural interactive initiative
    for residents and visitors to learn and connect with the local community;
  1. Mr. Nayef Al Ibrahim; Founding partner and CEO of Ibtikar, a Qatari company focused on managing innovation and offering expertise on Ideation, Market Research, Product Design, Project Management, Product Development, and Prototype Fabrication.

 The sessions were followed by  Q&As from the participants to the guest speakers.

The workshops included 4-6 oversight sessions supervised by ESCWA team each day whereby each participant provided a training session on the topics they learned during the first phase of the training which took place in October 2021).

Each participant was instructed to prepare 2 modules from the training manual two weeks before the workshop and in addition to lesson plans, and then asked to run a 45 min training session to their peers and ESCWA team. The sessions were followed by a round of 20 min of intensive feedback and advice on both the content presented and the facilitation skills.

The session aimed to provide a refresher on the importance of problem definition in addition to a guided session on problem statement writing and problem validation using examples of social enterprise from across the Arab world.      

The session provided a refresher on the first stage of the entrepreneurial journey from problem identification to social business canvas conceptualization. The session also included a guided activity to fill the social business model canvas based on an international case study of a social entrepreneur’s journey called ‘warm embrace’ a social enterprise that aims to help the millions of vulnerable babies born every year in developing countries through a low-cost infant warmer.

30 min were allocated at the end of each workshop day for participants to have a one to one chat with ESCWA consultants, to ask any questions related to the content of the training and raise any concerns they might have. Questions from the participants mainly revolved around getting a better understanding of the concepts they were trained on, in addition to questions related to the preparation of their own presentations.

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