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.

The programme, now its 5th year, is managed by the British Council, with the involvement of the Ministry of Education and other national education partners and supported by HSBC Middle East.

The impact on students includes: 

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

“When I first joined Taqaddam, I was so nervous and was lacking in everything. Now look at me. My parents also saw a GREAT change in me, while I was also teaching them about what I had learnt that day when I went home after both the workshops. Today I am super skilled and full of strengths. Now, if someone asks me a question, I am not afraid of telling them that I don’t know.”
Student, UAE

We hope that Taqaddam helps students to take more ownership of their learning and feel inspired to continue to learn and grow their life skills into the future. We also hope that you will support them on this journey by showing enthusiasm, asking questions, and discussing life skills such as creativity, critical thinking and collaboration and how they apply in life, work and society. 

We would also very much value your feedback. Hearing the experience and opinions of parents and guardians is some of the most useful information that we get and is extremely valuable to help us improve the programme.

If your child has been involved in Taqaddam and you would like to share your feedback then please contact us at taqaddam@britishcouncil.org 

You may also be interested in trying out some missions for yourself. Click here to download the Taqaddam app.