His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki Al Said, OBO’s Patron.
Muscat – Over 180 delegates from Outward Bound Centres worldwide gathered in Singapore on Sunday for Outward Bound International’s bi-annual Symposium at Outward Bound Singapore’s Pulau Ubin Campus.
The theme of the 2011 Symposium is: “Outward Bound Making a Difference in the Community”. The highlight of this year’s gathering is the recognition of Outward Bound Oman (OBO) as a member of the Outward Bound Community.
His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki Al Said, OBO’s Patron, attended the Symposium’s opening ceremony where he accepted OBO’s Full License Certificate.
There are three levels in the formation and recognition of an Outward Bound School; Exploratory, Provisional and Full. Indeed, OBO has gone from Provisional to Full in record breaking time.
OBO was launched in May 2009 and is registered with Ministry of Commerce and Industry as an overseas branch of the UK charity Outward Bound Trust. Since its launch, OBO has run over 50 courses in Oman for nearly 1,000 participants, 44% of which have been female.
In addition to working with Oman’s youth and corporate sector employees, OBO has run and hosted courses for schools from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.
In his remarks His Highness thanked the Outward Bound International community for their recognition of OBO and Outward Bound Singapore for hosting OBO staff earlier this summer. He also expressed his desire to host young Singaporeans at an OBO course later this year.
His Highness went on to add: “Outward Bound Oman strives to take the work of Sir Lawrence Holt and Kurt Hahn forward. Indeed, in all our activities we strive to insure the survival of an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self denial, and above all, compassion.”
The Symposium’s opening ceremony also included a keynote speech by Mark Evans, OBO’s General Manager.
Following the Full License Certificate presentation, His Highness toured the Pulau Ubin campus along with members of the Singaporean government. Also in attendance was HE Ambassador Theng Dar, Singapore’s non-resident Ambassador to Oman, Mr. Zakariya Al Saadi, Oman’s Consul General to Singapore, Ms. Aisha Al Kharusi, Deputy Consul General and Dr. Hanan Al Shihi from the Ministry of Education.