The story so far…
Taqaddam has successfully delivered face-to-face and online workshops and webinars to support over 15,000 young people in their personal and social development since its launch in 2015.
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“Taqaddam has had an impact on policy-makers in Morocco and that kind of interest will impact generations to come, not only Taqaddam participants.”
Ali Mouzini, British Council Progamme Manager, Morocco
“Taqaddam students always inspire me, they are my source of hope. Through Taqaddam they are aware of fundamental skills that I learned the hard way, which open more gates for them at an early stage in their lives. This makes me feel hopeful towards the future”.
Sama Saad, British Council Programme Manager, Egypt
“Students tell us that in Taqaddam they learn that it’s OK to fail, it’s OK to fall and stand again, and to ask for support and work in a team. That’s something they never learn in school. Some say that it was their best time ever. We see, everytime how students really develop self confidence and courage throughout their journey.”
Heba Essameldeen, British Council Programmes Manager, Qatar
The keyword in Kuwait has been inclusion. The Taqaddam team piloted a programme for young people with physical disabilities, and after Covid struck they put on a special event so that everyone who started the programme had a chance to complete it. They are now exploring opportunities for young people with special educational needs. The programme grabbed the attention of Prince William when he visited the country, and he highlighted the role Taqaddam plays in empowering the next generation.
“One of the students was such a troublemaker and I expected him to cause chaos. But I was wrong! Once the workshop started and he was given space to express himself he was engaged and attentive and also attended other workshops to support the programme! That’s what we do, we facilitate alternative spaces for students and give them the chance to be different versions of themselves”.
Amr Arafa, Taqaddam Facilitator
“They don’t often get opportunities like this. At the beginning of every workshop there is a lot of fear and concern about being in the same space with the opposite gender, and the girls stand away from the boys, but by the end of the day not even the end of the program, you can notice massive change, they are able to talk and exchange ideas. Students walk in shy and reserved and by the end they are alive, energetic, engaged and open to explore and learn.”
Asmaa Ibrahim, British Council Project Manager, UAE
“Teachers in Bahrain were inspired by the life skills content and as worthwhile to be cascaded to other teachers in their respective schools. Lots of schools now teach life skills as part of their curriculum because of Taqaddam.”
Kawthar AlArab, British Council Programmes Manager, Bahrain
“We brought Taqaddam to the UK, facilitated really fascinating and revealing cultural exchange, developed heartwarming social action projects and collaborated with awesome UK partners. It was incredible.”
Max Fyfe, Taqaddam Facilitator
“I thought it was going to be a boring video conference but it was actually really amazing and totally above my expectations.”
“I can’t believe how much I enjoyed this workshop.”
“Thank you so much all the Taqaddam Team, I loved it so much!”
Taqaddam Online Participants from Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait and UAE, November 2020