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Badiri Academy (BSEP), NAMA, School For Social Entrepreneurs Graduation Presentation and Ceremony 2019, Sharjah UAE

Badiri Academy (BSEP), NAMA, School For Social Entrepreneurs Graduation Presentation and Ceremony 2019, Sharjah UAE

Graduation Presentation and Ceremony

The 21st January 2019 was a day I will never forget.

I finally completed my scholarship programme with the Badiri Academy, NAMA, and the School For Social Entrepreneurs London and Cornwall, UK.

I presented my graduation presentation and received my certificate.

Many thanks to Lina Hamdan, Kylie Dickenson, Jo Van Osch (my amazing mentor), Amy Babor and Sally Heard for their kind words of support and encouragement.

I praise the Almighty Allah subhana wa'tala for giving me the strength and courage to complete the course.

Thank you to my husband Faisal for supporting me over the past 10 years.

 

Photographs

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony 2019 Sharjah UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony Hall, 2019

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony 2019 Sharjah UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

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BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony Agenda, 2019 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

 BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony Alistair Wilson CEO of SSE London, 2019  Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE

 BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony

Alistair Wilson CEO of SSE London, 2019 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

 BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony group photo, 2019  Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony Group Photo, 2019 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019, Tanu from SSE India,  Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019,

Tanu from SSE India, 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE  

 

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019, Amy and Kylie Dickenson from SSE London and North West,  Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019,

Amy and Kylie Dickenson from SSE London and SSE North West, 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019, Sabeena Ahmed with Lina Hamdan BSEP and NAMA,  Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Graduation Ceremony, 2019,

Sabeena Ahmed with Lina Hamdan BSEP and NAMA, 

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, UAE 

 

My impromptu graduation presentation for the BSEP, NAMA and SSE London

 

MY STORY

What inspired you to start the business?

The Situation

  • During Ramadan 2008 I was poorly and recovering from surgery.
  • I was reading Islamic Banking and Insurance.
  • The last assignment illustrated how Islam promoted equal distribution of wealth. This statement made me question inequality and poverty in the world.
  • This was my epiphany that motivated me to take action .

 

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The Change

  • I wanted to alleviate poverty, promote equality and justice for the most disadvantaged individuals and communities around the world.

 

First Steps

  • Wrote to the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) and asked them if I could start a Fair Trade movement in the United Arab Emirates. They responded positively and told me to I should pursue my fair-trade activities.
  • I visited Fair Trade Egypt, Cairo.

I commenced trading at the Dubai Flea Market and then moved to the Covent Garden Market Jumeirah, Dubai.

 

 

YOUR BUSINESS

 What are you offering?

  • I offer fair trade and ethically produced bespoke products hand made by disadvantaged small producers and groups around the world.

 

My Business

 

Who do you help?

  • Majority of artists are women, widows, victims of human trafficking, marginalized individuals some have disabilities and ethic/indigenous tribes.

 

How does it work?

  • I retail fair trade products at specialist markets, exhibitions and boutiques in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  • I conduct primary research by testing new fair trade ranges and ask consumers what they like and dislike.
  • I promote fair-trade by visiting schools, universities, women’s organizations, government events in Dubai/Abu Dhabi.
  • I visit fair-trade campaigners and supporters in the United Kingdom.
  • I conduct interviews with fair-trade producers when I visit fair-trade producer groups.

 

WHY IT MATTERS?

Why It Matters?

Think about impact?

What positive impact does your service or product make?

  • Producers especially women are empowered financially, increased levels of self confidence, esteem and respect and dignity.
  • They receive fair wages and
  • Better working conditions
  • Strengthen their position in the community
  • They have more control over their lives.

 

Why does it matter to you?

  • I love fair-trade social and trade justice.
  • My work makes me happy.
  • My mind, body, spirit and soul are at peace.
  • I feel I am working towards positivity and achieving good.
  • My faith plays a very important role.

 

What motivates you?

  • My parents are my motivation.
  • My late beloved mother always instilled the values of selflessness and willingness to try to help others in need.
  • Fairtrade and the producers motivate and inspire me.
  • Support Fairtrade

 

Graduation Ceremony

 

 My graduation presentation

 

 

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My BSEP, NAMA, and SSE London certificate

 

 

Sabeena Ahmed and The Little Fair Trade Shop modelling the gorgeous pink totally bobbles fair trade bag, Dubai, UAE, 2016 


As I end this pioneering programme I would like to take this opportunity to wishes to all the ladies on the programme the very best, may your ideas thrive and flourish.

Sabeena X

 

 

About NAMA

Established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

NAMA is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah. Our core philosophy at NAMA is to raise awareness that women are an indispensable human resource for the development of every nation.

NAMA was conceived to go beyond the remit of supporting women and ensuring gender equality to a broader scope that aims to see women become influential key members of society, thereby enabling them to climb the ladder of success.

It encourages policies and legislation to support women and actively pursues programmes that support gender integration into all sectors and abolishes unjust practices and policies that discriminate against the advancement of women.

Its five affiliates, Sharjah Business Women Council, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, NAMA Fund, Badiri Education and Development and Souq Anwan, fall under the umbrella of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment.

Source: NAMA

 

 

We can’t fix all of society’s problems by ourselves.

 

That’s why the School for Social Entrepreneurs brings together people who want to change things for the better. People tackling urgent issues like poverty, education, inequality, health, climate change and much more.

Every year, we help more than 1,000 people learn how to transform their communities and help people in need.

We support social entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and charity leaders. We run courses that equip them with the skills and networks needed to create lasting change. We help in other ways too, like connecting them with funding and mentoring.

Our 11 schools are changing lives across the UK, Canada and India.

Source: SSE website

 

 

Further Reading and Links

BSEP, NAMA, SSE London Blog

NAMA

SSE London

 




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