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Eshraqa, Khimji Ramdas' social development arm, reiterated its support for the winners of the Environment Society of Oman's (ESO) Inter-College Environmental Public Speaking Competition.

Khimji Training Institute (KTI) will deliver sessions on soft skills for this year's winners, focussed on critical aspects of public speaking, presentation and verbal communication.

The seventh local chapter of ESO's annual contest recently saw 21 colleges battle it out in discussion of environmental issues to outline the importance of sustainability in-line with Eshraqa's core focus on education and community well-being. KTI has been instrumental in training a total of five teams to-date, comprising 20 students representing Oman at the regional competition whilst matriculating at Sultan Qaboos University, Military Technological College, A'Sharqiyah University and the Higher College of Technology.

Nailesh Khimji, director of Khimji Ramdas, said, 'As a steadfast supporter of education and Oman's continued progress in environmental conservation, we proudly embrace this opportunity to prepare motivated local youth for the challenges ahead as they go head-to-head with the region's best later this month. The winners of ESO's local chapter are important contributors that will no-doubt come to play a significant role in the nation's environmental and economic progress following the completion of their studies. Eshraqa's investment is a well-deserved acknowledgement of their value in representing the nation amongst a competitive cadre of peers from neighbouring countries.'

ESO's competition delivered its contribution to youth and conservation in Oman by raising awareness on a broad range of focused topics, with winning contributions from Sultan Qaboos University, A'Sharqiya University and Oman's Military Technological College.

Khimji said, 'We are proud of the teams that have preceded our latest cohort and have confidence in this year's winners in their commitment to continued success with the support of Khimji Training Institute. We thank the ESO for its faith in our commitment and the abilities of KTI as an enabler of local talent.' Nadeem Ahmed, general manager of Khimji Training Institute, said, 'With the support of KTI local youth continue to succeed as speakers dedicated to represent the nation, which we are proud to say has ensued for the last four consecutive years. Having returned from each competition with accolades deserved of national pride, Omani students' growing competitiveness has never been more apparent. On this basis, we are dedicated to enrich more young Omanis that excel at the local level, before training at KTI before showcasing excellence on the international stage.'

Lamees Daar, executive director of ESO, said, 'We offer thanks to Eshraqa and Khimji Training Institute for their continued support, which to-date has made an outstanding contribution to the continued success of local youth and the increased awareness of environmental issues on both a local and regional scale.' Yumna Mohammed al Shaqsi, a participating student from Muscat's Higher College of Technology, said, 'I would like to thank KTI and Eshraqa for an enriching session with regard to the training delivered on public speaking.'

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Publication:Muscat Daily (Muscat, Oman)
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Date:Dec 2, 2018

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