Taqqadam, an Arabic word meaning ‘Moving Forward’, is a blended learning programme that develops enduring life skills in teenagers across several countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Across the Middle East and North African region, unemployment is high amongst the young. Almost a third of young people face unemployment after leaving school. Many employers consider school education to result in being “unprepared” for work.
We partnered with the British Council and HSBC to develop a 7 week programme combining both online and face-to-face elements, culminating in a social innovation competition in each of the 6 participating countries.
Online engagement was high, and feedback on the content helped us to develop the curriculum further. The workshops were high-energy and dynamic. Positive relationships with large global organisation were formed, allowing for exciting development opportunities.
In the pilot year, 1,234 young people and 80 teachers across 6 countries took part. Collectively completing 23,420 strength missions and 1,534 skill challenges.
90% of students felt their learning could impact their daily life.
96% of teachers said the programme content would positively influence their future teaching.