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Harvard Professor Fernando Reimers Publishes Comprehensive Book Studying INJAZ Al-Arab’s Positive Impact on Youth in the MENA Region

INJAZ Lebanon is proud to announce the publishing of “Learning to Improve the World: How INJAZ Al-Arab Helps Youth in the Middle East Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset,” by Professor Fernando M. Reimers and his colleagues, Maria Elena Ortega and Paul Dyer. Professor Reimers is a global education expert and esteemed faculty member at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Inspired by the vision of INJAZ Al Arab’s founder Soraya Salti, Professor Reimers undertook on an extensive study of INJAZ’s flagship Company Program in Lebanon and five other countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. As the world’s largest youth entrepreneurial program, the Company Program offers students the opportunity to transform their classrooms into start-ups, with the help of corporate mentors and entrepreneurs from the local business community. In total, 867 Company Program participants from the 2010-2011 school year were surveyed for Professor Reimers’ research.


Samar Dani, the Executive Director of INJAZ Lebanon, comments: “INJAZ Lebanon is very appreciative of Professor Reimers’ expertise in his study of our Company Program. We are happy that the book is a success, and we hope our partners, students, and alumni will read “Learning to Improve the World” to gain the best possible understanding of how INJAZ makes a tangible difference in Arab youths’ lives and markedly accelerates their career skills development.”


Akef Aqrabawi, Presdient & CEO of INJAZ Al-Arab, adds that: “This book offers an in-depth study of the great role that the entrepreneurship education programs of INJAZ AL-Arab and Junior Achievement Worldwide play in advancing, empowering, and giving agency to youth. We are especially pleased with the impressive impact of INJAZ Lebanon’s Company Program and commend the INJAZ Lebanon team on their excellent work.”


The feedback from INJAZ Lebanon’s Company Program participants was extremely positive. While only 69% felt they could successfully complete a job interview prior to the Company Program, this number leapt to 83% in the post-surveys. Another significant change was in the participants’ self-reported confidence in being hired in the private sector, which increased from 81% to 94% at the end of the program. Lastly, participants were more likely to see entrepreneurs as contributors to the greater good.


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