Taqaddam, Arabic for Moving Forward, is an innovative, student-facing programme that develops enduring life skills in 15 to 16-year-olds across seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The programme does not aim to give young participants skills focused specifically on employment, as many initiatives do. Rather, Taqaddam sets out to increase the chances and outlook of participants, helping them to reach their full potential by developing the personal and social skills they need to make a positive contribution to their communities and society.

Teachers stand to gain a huge amount from Taqaddam. Amongst other things, the programme sets out to build confidence and capability in delivering classes on life skills; to develop an understanding of the value and importance of social and emotional skills; and to cultivate a productive and supportive national teacher network, which ultimately seeks to improve wider teaching practice.

“You should do this more often for teachers, not just students. It was such an amazing workshop. Thank you all for your great efforts.”
Teacher, Qatar

“The programme reinforces what we do in the classroom, in a different environment and with a range of students from different backgrounds.”
Teacher, UAE