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13 أبريل 2017 11:24 م
Director British Council Egypt: We are delighted to develop opportunities to young Egyptians
British Council Egypt announce first place winning students from El Nasr Heliopolis schools the winners of the Taqaddam final competition on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at the Greek Campus. These students have competed against 53 other teams from 12 schools in Egypt on actionable ideas to help their community.
Taqaddam is a targeted core skills initiative developed by the British Council using content created by Spark&Mettle, in collaboration with the ministry of education and 14 schools in Egypt. This year the programme supported 20 teachers and 310 students to develop skills, confidence and lifelong learning enabling them to be prepared for the world of work.
Addressing youth employability in MENA region in general and Egypt in particular, where unemployment rate have reached 12.4% in 2016 according to CAPMAS, is a pressing challenge; requiring government, education institutions and business to come together to provide young people with the skills they need to get the jobs they aspire to.
During this year 282 students attended the first workshop in January. They participated in surveys and assessments to build an accurate picture of; their ‘leading’ character strengths; how they perceive intelligence and personal qualities and the extent to which they feel they can positively impact their own lives, their school and their community.
After completing these surveys each student received a Personal Development Plan, outlining their journey for the following seven weeks. Young people taking part log on to a tailor-made, on-line resource that help them to identify their personal strengths and abilities and areas where they need further development. Students go on to complete strength mission’s week by week, building up their personal portfolios and earning badges as they progress.
The programme ended with Make it Happen! event where students showcased their learning from Taqaddam through devising an innovative idea to tackle a key global and social challenge that they identified within their communities.
When Ahmad Attiya, teacher at the Lycee El-Haram Language School, first heard about the Taqaddam programme he thought it would be just another project teaching students about skills they would need for the workplace and life. But following some introductory sessions on the programme, which translates into English as ‘Moving forward’, he was pleasantly surprised to see how wrong he was, more so when he saw the benefit from his students taking part in the programme.
“It was more interactive” he recalls, “more comprehensive, not only in their learning but in the skills of life covered. They learned skills which will enable them to work better and to have a better life, not only in the school but outside – interactive activities and interactive ways of thinking.”
Esraa Soliman is one of the HSBC volunteers who worked with the students. She says, “The project was really impressive. The students were very effective workers and they came up with some good ideas. Some pupils were focused on changing the awareness of the students at their school and they started to campaign for the problem and how to solve it”.
Jeff Streeter, Director British Council Egypt said “The world of working is changing quickly before our eyes. It is hard to know what technical skills will be in demand 10 years from now but we can be confident that skills like working collaboratively and thinking creatively will be in demand, along with character traits such as resilience and determination. We are delighted to be able to develop opportunities to young Egyptians in these key areas and hope this project will become a model for others to follow as we look to unleash the enormous potential of young people in this country.”