The Pillars

 The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation invests in cognitive, cultural and social creativity, through the following three pillars:

The First Pillar: Thought Leadership

Under the Thought Leadership framework, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation seeks to build capacities and provide learning resources for all, thus contributes to supporting the educational journey. The Foundation also supports scientific research, and prepares a generation of Arab scientists, experts and specialists, so as to enhance knowledge and achieve practical benefits to the Arab world as per its set priorities and needs.

As part of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation’s vision to enhance thought leadership within the society, it has sought to create an appropriate environment which ensures the interaction of Arab intellectuals, scientists, scholars and artists. It also promotes dialogue by supporting the organization of conferences, seminars and debates, aimed at enhancing all thought leadership efforts exerted in this respect.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation has worked to achieve its Leadership Thought objectives, through:

  • The Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researcher’s Award: 

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researcher’s Award was launched in 1982 to serve as the first Arab research-focused award, supporting and shedding light on scientific research throughout the Arab world, as well as celebrating the achievements of Arab researchers, and taking part in preparing and inspiring a generation of Arab researchers, experts and specialists in various scientific fields, given the current, limited potential of institutions, universities and individuals.

  • The Abdul Hameed Shoman Scientific Research Fund: 

In an effort to support scientific research, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Scientific Research Fund was established in 1999, so as to provide the required support for scientific research projects, carried out in Jordanian universities, institutions and scientific centers.

  • The Abdul Hameed Shoman Cultural Forum: 

In support of intellectual dialogue and interaction, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation established the Abdul Hameed Shoman Cultural Forum in 1986, to serve as a free platform, hosting thought leadership, politics, philosophy, arts and culture-related subject-matter experts. The Foundation aims at enhancing interaction with a wider audience of different society segments.

  • The Science and Education Program: 

In an effort to build and strengthen the culture of scientific research, entrepreneurship and innovation among children and adolescents, as well as enriching the education sector in Jordan by building the capacities of science teachers and students, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation launched the Science and Education Program in 2014.

  • Thought Leadership Grants Program: 

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation aims, through its Thought Leadership Grants Program, at disseminating scientific endeavors, which would address pressing social issues and provide sources of sciences, learning and educational spaces for all.

The Second Pillar: Literature and Arts

Given the great importance of investing in culture, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation aims, through the Literature and Arts Program, at developing literary and artistic talents and skills, preserving national heritage, and promoting cultural diversity by providing artistic and literary activities of all kinds, including: Literature and performing arts, music, creative products, and various media, in addition to supporting libraries in Jordan and Palestine in order to spread the culture of reading and research.

In this respect, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation seeks to enhance the role of intellectuals, writers and musicians, as well as to support their chef-d’oeuvre and ensure their connection with a wider audience. It also aims at enhancing creative and innovative thinking among children, and providing them with an environment to promote and motivate them creatively.

Furthermore, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation has worked to achieve its Literature and Arts objectives, through: 

  • The Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Children's Literature: 

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation launched the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Children's Literature in 2006, which was inspired by the Foundation's belief in the great importance of enriching the Arab creative content of children, and its keenness to create a pure and authentic environment that would help and motivate children to read and think creatively.

  • The Abdul Hameed Shoman Public Library: 

In order to provide a knowledge and education space for all segments of society, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation established the Abdul Hameed Shoman Public Library in 1986, to serve as the first computerized and fully-equipped public library in Jordan.

  • Knowledge Path Library for Children and Youth: 

In an effort to provide an open environment and space for children and youth, aged between 3 and 16 years, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation established the Knowledge Path library in 2013, to serve as a free and vital space for reading, interacting and participating in creative activities, as part of an intellectual and creative journey to achieve self-discovery.

  • The Cinema Program: 

In 1989, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation launched the Cinema Program to promote the dissemination of the cinematic culture, as a form of cultural expression and exchange, and a contribution to the growth of the film industry in Jordan. In order to stimulate critical thinking among children and youth, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation launched the Children’s Cinema Program in 2014, which includes filmmaking workshops, as well as monthly movie shows, followed by discussion panels.

  • The Musical Evenings: 

In support of emerging musical talents in Jordan and the region, 2014 witnessed the launch of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation’s Musical Evenings.

  • Literature and Arts Grants: 

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation aims, through its Literature and Arts Grants, at promoting cultural diversity, making arts available for all, as well as enabling the preservation of cultural heritage.