The Taqaddam Project

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Go to the end to see information about a UK pilot initiative targeted at 16-17 year olds

The Taqaddam Project

 

Taqaddam is a Life Skills programme for young people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Taqaddam, Arabic for ‘moving forward’ supports young people to move forward with confidence into the future with the skills they need to flourish in life, work and society.

 

Aims

Taqaddam helps develop the character strengths and soft skills they need to flourish in life and work.

We want students to leave the programme with:

  • Increased self-awareness
  • Greater sense of confidence in themselves and their future
  • Increased capacity for creativity, critical thinking and collaboration
  • Greater confidence and capacity for social leadership and action
  • Greater ownership, skills and tools for ongoing personal development

 

How does it work?

The programme has four main components:

Student workshops – bringing together groups of up to 80 students from across the country, led by facilitators from the UK and the MENA region
Life skills classes – delivered in schools by teachers who are trained and supported by the Taqaddam team
Personal Missions – self-directed missions in the Taqaddam Handbook prompting action, reflection and connection
Team projects – students designing and piloting social action ideas and presenting them at an annual national showcase event, ‘Make It Happen’.

 

Watch the ‘Taqaddam Journey’

Programme Values

 

These values underpin the way we work and which we expect all partners, facilitators and participants to adhere to.

  • Youth-centred– Putting the outcomes for students at the heart of the work, and being accountable to them and responding to their needs
  • Respecting and valuing diversity– Building relationships between young people and demonstrating the value of diversity
  • Child rights– A commitment to the Rights of the Child, in particular the right for all young people to have a say and be heard
  • Equity– Actively promoting the equal participation of all students, particularly young women
  • Sustainable development– A commitment to and promotion of the Global Goals and sustainability. The project has so far reached over 12,000 young people and been implemented in 10 countries over the last 5 years: Bahrain, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon and the UK.

Why Taqaddam?

There is broad recognition that formal education systems are not fully preparing young people for life beyond the classroom, amongst policy-makers, researchers, educators, employers and young people themselves. Many students are graduating without the competencies and ‘soft skills’ that help them succeed in further education and in the workplace, and without the social and emotional skills to build lasting personal and community relationships.

Meanwhile, the world is changing, and at an accelerating pace. New technologies and industries are changing the way the world operates. Artificial intelligence and automation are raising questions about the future of work, social media is changing the way we connect, and the boundary between the online and offline worlds is increasingly blurred. The climate crisis, resource depletion and growing inequalities mean that business as usual is no longer an option. Social, political and environmental uncertainty is the norm and this brings additional challenges to young people and to education systems that struggle to adapt.

This changing world is also energising a new and socially engaged generation that is driving innovation and creativity and Taqaddam is on the forefront of life skills education, enabling young people to lead the way.

 What do you mean by ‘life skills’?

Life skills are simply: all the skills we need to make the most of life. Different combinations of these life skills are also referred to as soft skills or 21st Century Skills

In Taqaddam, we focus on some of the personal and interpersonal attitudes and abilities that play a critical role in the ability to learn, connect and adapt to make the most of life’s opportunities. Together with greater self-awareness, a connection with their life skills supports young people to engage with the world more confidently and in a deeper and more meaningful way.

 

We take a holistic approach, but explore three life skills in greater depth: creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. These ‘3Cs’ have been prioritised because they are recognised as central to personal well-being, employability and positive engagement in society. They are also interconnected with, and provide effective entry points into, many other life skills.

  • Critical Thinking– the ability to analyse and evaluate the world in order to form judgements, develop ideas and think for yourself.
  • Creativity– using the imagination to explore the world in new ways, create something original and express yourself.
  • Collaboration– connecting effectively with others and using the skills and abilities of multiple people towards a common purpose.

Why Life Skills?

Life skills have been proven to positively impact young people’s personal, professional and community lives.

 

Life Skills are both crucial to a person’s wellbeing and have had a demonstrated positive effect on education, employability and labour market outcomes.

 

However, there is broad recognition that formal education systems in MENA are not fully preparing young people for life beyond the classroom. Many students are graduating without the competencies and ‘soft skills’ required to succeed in further education and in the workplace.

 

Our Impact

 

An independent external evaluation in 2019 gathered evidence of outcomes from young people, teachers, parents, principals, facilitators and state officials over the last 4 years. It found that Taqaddam was having a positive impact on many core strengths and skills related to young people’s personal lives, position in society and future work prospects.

 

  • Unique: One of few initiatives focusing on soft skills, blending formal and non-formal education and addressing young people’s social as well as personal development
  • Relevant: Taqaddam’s outcomes respond to clear need and demand, and to a demographic window of opportunity
  • Sustainable:Taqaddam is a deeply personal initiative that carries lifelong value for students and teachers
  • Innovative:Through pioneering innovative approaches, Taqaddam is helping to shape the life skills conversation in the MENA region.

Taqaddam is sponsored and produced by the British Council and HSBC Middle East.

 

The British Council holds direct relationships with Ministries and education providers in the countries where they are situated. The British Council forged the partnership with HSBC, our funder, to create Taqaddam.

 

Melanie Relton, Director of Skills and Education in the MENA region says: ‘Taqaddam aligns to the core of the British Council’s cultural relations vision of creating positive life outcomes for individuals, particularly young people, by giving them the skills for work and life. It makes economic and social sense for us to invest in Taqaddam, as social and economic changes can only be achieved through investment and expanding opportunities for young people.’

 

Your British Council Country Team will liaise and support you through Taqaddam. You will meet members of the team at the teacher briefing, the teacher training and the workshops. British Council Country Teams may also visit your school to support you with your Taqaddam classes.

HSBC Middle East

 

HSBC is Taqaddam’s funding partner. Its commitment to helping young people reach their potential has led to a wide range of community investment programmes.

 

Sabrin Rahman, head of corporate sustainability for the MENA region at HSBC, said: “We helped devise the Taqaddam concept as we felt there was a disconnect between what skills were on offer in the marketplace and what employers were looking for. Traditional educational systems, especially public schooling, just do not focus on the softer and more transferable skills that are needed for the workplace of the future.”

 

Volunteers from HSBC take a hands-on approach to Taqaddam. They attend the workshops and the Make It Happen! event, support the running of the programme, present short talks about using life skills in the workplace, and give advice and guidance to students.

For Further Information

The above provides an overview of the Taqaddam Initiative – visit the website for additional information including details of their activity library, previous webinars, online workshops, life skills app and resources that have been developed for young people, teachers, parents. Further details about the May 2021 event to follow – closing date 25 April 2021.

https://taqaddam.britishcouncil.org/the-taqaddam-project/

https://taqaddam.britishcouncil.org/morocco2021/

Below is some information about a UK pilot initiative targeted at 16-17 year olds

Centre for International Learning & Leadership (CILL) is organising a life skills programme for young people in the UK, Taqadam UK, on behalf of the British Council. It is a fantastic opportunity for young people aged 16-17 (school year 12) to join the British Council’s “TaqaddamUK pilot programme, which develops life skills, social action and intercultural learning through a series of online workshops and fun, real-life “missions”, working together with young people from Middle Eastern countries.

The closing date for applications is 25th April, now extended to Tuesday 27th April) and the project will be delivered during May. There will be a pre-selection session on Friday 30th April. The main purpose of this is to test participants’ commitment as they want to select people who will be involved in the whole programme.

Attached the outline timetable, which will give an idea of the time commitment. The “missions” are not timed but they will be simple and achievable tasks which can be done at home or school or youth setting, “on the go” so to speak.

They would be happy to consider young people working in a group as well as individuals. The online sessions, will be run by one of the British Council’s experienced trainers together with one or more of CILL facilitators, which may vary from session to session.

They would prefer young people to attend on their own as this is part of the learning process and haven’t envisaged the direct involvement of youth workers/leaders. However there will be informal online support sessions, which they could attend. If there is a requirement for a youth worker to accompany them, British Council could be asked to accommodate either as an observer or with a specific role.

 

Safeguarding will be under the British Council’s policies but CILL will also apply their own and staff will work to their code of conduct (can be provided if required). All online activities will be supervised including breakout groups. Trainers are appointed by the British Council; additional facilitation is by members of CILL’s team. Parental consent will be required for participation.

 

There will be a British Council certificate on successful completion of the course and they are hoping to use digital badges to enable young people to keep a simple record of learning.

The BC Taqaddam website is here: https://taqaddam.britishcouncil.org  – please bear in mind this is aimed at a Middle Eastern audience, which is where the programme originated. And this programme is a UK Pilot Initiative.

Application form is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TaqaddamUK

 

Taqaddam / CILL Programme

 

Week Date Activity

 

Time
  16 Apr – 30 Apr Recruitment

 

 
0 30 Apr

5 – 6.30 pm

Pre-selection workshop

 

1.5 hours
1 Tue 4 May

5 – 7pm

Workshop 1: ‘My Life’ 2 hours
  Support session

 

30 mins
  My Life Missions

 

 
Fri 7 May

5 – 7pm

Workshop 2: ‘My Life Skills’ 2 hours
  Support session

 

30 mins
  My Life Skills Missions

 

 
2 Mon 10 May

5 – 7pm

Workshop 3: ‘Make it Happen’ 2 hours
  Support session – setting up and supporting teams

 

45 – 60 mins 
  Make it Happen team work

 

 
3 Tue 18th

5 – 7pm

Workshop: 4: Moving Forward’ 2 hours
  Support session & Make it Happen check-in

 

30 – 45 mins
Sat 22 May

11 – 12.30

UK / MENA workshop: My Life and My Life Skills 1.5 hours
4 Tue 25 May

5 – 7pm

Make it Happen celebration event

 

1.5 hours
  Final support session – review

 

30 mins
Sat 29 May

11 – 12.30

UK / MENA workshop: Make it Happen and Moving Forward

 

1.5 hours
       

 

Youth Restart

Youth Restart 3rd Edition

Youth Restart Updated April 2021

The Minister of Education, Mr Peter Weir announced on the 25th March 2021 that Youth Services can begin a phased return to face to face provision from the 1st April 2021. To help facilitate this process we have provided updated support and guidance materials below:
 

ARE YOU READY TO RESTART HAVE QUESTION SEE THE FAQ CLICK HERE

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FAQ’s FOR ALL YOUTH WORKERS

FAQ’s for Generic Youth Work

FAQ’s for Targeted Youth Work

FAQ’s for Detached Youth Work

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UPDATED YOUTH RESTART (APRIL 2021)

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UPDATED YOUTH RESTART EVALUATION TOOL (APRIL 2021)

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UPDATED YOUTH RESTART CHECKLIST (APRIL 2021)

BELOW IS THE EARLIER YOUTH RESTART FOR REFERENCE ONLY

Provided below are the following documents:

  • Youth Restart which provides organisational guidance and support based on the Northern Ireland (NI) Executive’s Pathway to Recovery
  • Best Practice Guide for Staff on a Safe Return to Restarting Youth Service which provides detailed guidance on managing and supporting youth staff returning to the workplace
  • Welcoming Youth – Supporting the Restarting of Youth Services which provides guidance and support to young people returning to youth services
  • Coping with Change – Personal Development Programme which provides an outline of a programme along with resources to support the return of young people to youth services.

As you are aware restrictions imposed by COVID-19 can change and we will endeavour to update these documents in line with any updated guidance from the NI Executive or PHA.

DOCUMENT SOURCE IS  THE EA

 

Thank you KY @ EA for the help

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE PDF’S USING THE LINKS BELOW

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Lockdown Learning: How BBC Bitesize can help you learn on TV and online in 2021

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Lockdown Learning: How BBC Bitesize can help you learn on TV and online in 2021

 

As a third national lockdown is under way, the BBC is bringing hundreds of educational resources together to help with home-schooling.

Whether on TV, online or on social media, we have lots of brilliant content to help you learn at home.

On TV

  • Starting on Monday 11 January, CBBC will broadcast three hours of primary school programmes from 9am every weekday. They will include BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other much-loved shows with an educational twist, such as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and more.

  • Secondary students will be able to watch two hours of programmes supporting the curriculum on BBC Two every weekday. These will be complemented by drama adaptations, as well as relevant BBC science, history and factual programmes.

  • Bitesize Daily Primary and Secondary will also air every day on BBC Red Button, and episodes will be available on demand on BBC iPlayer.

 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zvryp4j

Online

Of course, BBC Bitesize is here with lots of easy-to-follow lessons for home learning, as well as collections of resources for all ages.

Primary kids at home?

Help them keep up with our straightforward lessons in Maths and English. Developed by educational consultants, these Learning at Home lessons are curriculum-based and self-contained.

Go to the BBC Bitesize homepage, click on Start a Lesson, and choose your year group.

You can also get stuck in with collections of educational resources hand-picked from BBC Bitesize and the wider BBC, including collections for other subjects such as Science, History and Geography. Our best Primary content is organised by topic or theme to make it easy for you to find.

Just pick the year group and subject to get started.

For Years 7-9/S1-S3 we have some collections of resources hand-picked from BBC Bitesize and the wider BBC organised by topic.

Pick your year group and subject to get started.

Do you have teenagers in Year 10 or 11?

Help them stay on top of their studies with our GCSE revision guides.

They can also find support and advice on their well-being on Bitesize Support.

On social media

Bitesize’s social media channels will also be there to help. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts focus on parents and teachers, where information including TV schedules will be shared. There will also be articles for parents on supporting their kids learning from home.

Teenage students can still enjoy our Instagram and TikTok platforms, where explainers, support content and of course lighter relief in the form of memes will be at hand.