ACT's 4th annual ‘Ekfal Taleb' campaign: supporting over 400 students at 17 schools
As part of its ongoing commitment to improving educational opportunities for Aqaba residents, the Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT) recently conducted its annual ‘Ekfal Taleb’ campaign for the fourth consecutive year, providing school supplies to hundreds of students in Aqaba and the surrounding villages.
Through ‘Ekfal Taleb 4,’ ACT’s CSR committee worked tirelessly to organize, prepare and distribute school bags to underprivileged children throughout the Aqaba governorate. Each bag was stocked with an array of essential school supplies and educational materials, ensuring that the students received enough supplies and resources to last the entire school year. A total of 430 bags were distributed to children across 17 different schools.
Launched in 2012, the ‘Ekfal Taleb’ campaign is a major component of ACT’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in the field of education reform. Through its partnership with the Aqaba governorate’s Directorate of Education, ACT works to empower the local community by reducing the school dropout rates caused by harsh economic conditions. These endeavours fall in line with the terminal’s comprehensive CSR strategy, which seeks to create a positive impact across a number of key socioeconomic pillars, including education, environmental conservation and awareness, and community development.
ACT is firm in its belief that the private sector can play a vital role in actively supporting the education of communities across the Kingdom, in order to forge a more egalitarian, productive and innovative society in line with His Majesty King Abdullah’s vision.
G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”