BBL - Leveraging Partnerships for Preparing Students in MENA for the Future of Work
February 25, 2019 (Tuesday): 9:30 - 10:45 pm
701 18th St NW, Washington, DC
Leonardo Ortiz Villacorta, VP of International Partnerships, Code.org
Shireen Yacoud, CEO, Edraak.org
Andreas Blom, Practice Manager HMNED, World Bank
In 2020, one in five jobs in the Arab world will require digital skills that are not widely available today. The future of work for youth, women and refugees in the region will be determined by their ability to supply the skills demanded in emerging sectors driven by automation and innovation. Existing talents in the market are considered raw and unprepared for fast growing technologies, which may hinder MENA’s ability to benefit from the opportunities offered by disruptive technologies. Realizing the extent of the digital skills gaps, several private sector providers are playing a significant role in creating pathways that can better prepare students for the future of work and provide an employable future workforce. This enhanced interest of a diverse variety of stakeholders in education delivery is a unique opportunity to create partnerships aimed at preparing MENA’s students for the future of work. The BBB will showcase organizations active in the digital skills training space and offer insights into establishing partnerships that can provide youth with digital skills at scale.
about the presenters:
Leonardo Ortiz Villacorta, VP of International Partnerships, Code.org. Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 15% of all students in the world.
Shireen Yacoud, CEO, Edraak.org. Launched in 2014 by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Edraak offers free Arabic Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs] to Arabic-speaking learners across the World. Growing at 1,200 learners a day, Edraak already reaches 1.2 million. Edraak currently offers 65+ MOOCs and has issued 148K+ certificates.