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 “Taqaddam” UK 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