The agreements will pave the way for first aid training in schools across the Sultanate, support for the disabled to increase their employability and the development of an oasis in Maqshan.
As part of these commitments, PDO is funding a first aid training programme to develop in a sustainable way local knowledge in first aid response. The trainees will become certified first aiders enabling them to spread awareness and provide first aid support for their respective communities.
The 3-year programme targets a minimum of 4,000 trainees including public school students from grades 10 and 11, school teachers, school nurses, as well as personnel from the Ministry of Education Directorate Generals. The Company will also provide relevant training equipment and first aid kits for distribution to schools.
PDO External Affairs and Value Creation Director Abdul Amir bin Abdul Hussain Al Ajmi said: “PDO is committed to promoting a culture of health and safety not only within the boundaries of our operations but also beyond to the wider community.
“The Company recognises the importance of education and training in the health sector. The training programmes we sponsor are selected to target specific needs that could benefit large segments of the Omani society.”
The Company has also stepped up its support for the disabled by sponsoring an Employability Skills Training Programme for 25 Omani adults with disabilities from the Muscat Governorate. The programme aims to meet the employability requirements of the participants to enable them to enter the job market.
“PDO has long been supportive of the disabled and it has collaborative relations with a number of relevant institutions including Omar Bin Al Khatab Institute for the Blind and the Oman Association for the Disabled,” Mr. Al Ajmi added.
In addition, PDO is funding the development of Ain Maqshan Oasis to include shaded seating areas and interlock and curbstone walkways which are connected to the public parking. The oasis could serve as a tourist attraction as well as a stop point for tourists travelling by road to Salalah during the Khareef season.
The MoUs confirming these commitments were signed by Mr Al Ajmi from PDO and other eminent signatories including His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Muslim Suhail Jadad, Wali of Maqshan, Mr Ali bin Jaber Al Dihli, Director General of Educational Programmes at the Ministry of Education, and Mr. Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Mahrooqi, Director General for Planning and research at the Ministry of Social Development.