British Council partners with Ministry of Education for sports training program

Updated 09 February 2018
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British Council partners with Ministry of Education for sports training program

The British Council has partnered with the Saudi Ministry of Education to launch a sports training program in three cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Province.
The Youth Sports Leadership program was launched with a special ceremony at Al-Tarbiyah Al-NamoutHajjiyah School in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Youth Sports Leadership (YSL) training identifies and works with local coaches and trainers to engage young leaders aged 14-19 in the organization of accessible sports events and programs in their local communities.
Held in partnership with Youth Sports Trust International, an independent charity, the initiative helps build knowledge of sports teaching and inspire the next generation of leaders in community sport. YSL will run over the next two weeks in Riyadh, with additional trainings taking place in Jeddah and the Eastern Province later this month.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Mohammed Al-Moqbel, executive director of the National Center for Professional Education Development, Ministry of Education said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the British Council on this training project to improve the quality of sports teaching and coaching in schools across the Kingdom, something which is really important to the nation’s Vision 2030 goals and to ensuring that young people, students and teachers in every corner of the country have access to quality sports education that inspires and motivates them to lead healthy and active lifestyles.”
With the first week of training focused on supporting local coaches and trainers, the second week will see the trainers put what they have learned into action by mentoring young student leaders to plan and organize a safe, fun and inclusive sports festival for over 100 primary school students in their own communities.
Amir Ramzan, country director, Saudi Arabia, said: “The benefit that young people get from being involved in sports in any capacity is so valuable, from learning about teamwork and inclusion to organization and commitment. We’ve already seen that even participating in sport just once can impact crucial skills like problem solving and communication. As one of many projects in our Culture & Sports program, YSL will work with young people to engage them in sport and help them become leaders of the future. We are delighted to have the support of the Ministry of Education in this endeavor, and look forward to seeing its impact now and in the next three years.”


J-PAL boosts refugee education

Updated 20 May 2018
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J-PAL boosts refugee education

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is launching a new scheme to help refugees access higher education in development economics. 

The goal of this new collaboration is to empower refugees through training that will enable them to leverage their local knowledge, build their technical skills, and become experts in the fields of development economics and public policy. 

Starting in the summer of 2018, J-PAL is teaming up with MIT’s Refugee Action (ReACT) initiative to provide access for selected refugees to the online MicroMasters program in Data, Economics and Development Policy (DEDP) offered by J-PAL and MIT’s Department of Economics. ReACT, which aims to connect refugees with higher education, will sponsor selected learners and provide access to five online MicroMasters DEDP courses on development economics; in-person workshops on business skills, and paid internships to put their skills into practice. 

Hassan Jameel, president of Community Jameel Saudi Arabia, said: “Education and learning are fundamental to a strong society, and providing access to MIT’s MicroMasters is a foundation upon which to rebuild the disrupted education and careers of refugees worldwide. 

“Building on computer science and entrepreneurship support for refugees in Jordan, this collaborative effort between J-PAL, MIT and ReACT creates another bespoke learning opportunity for refugees, opening doors and knocking down barriers to higher education for learners.” 

A MicroMasters is a professional and academic credential, accredited by MITx, MIT’s online learning platform, and offers individuals a route to applying for a full master’s degree program at MIT or other universities. 

The new initiative uses a carefully crafted model of blended learning — with financial support for online courses and in-person workshops, as well as strong emphasis on community building — to specifically target and overcome the educational challenges facing refugees. This track within ReACT aims to provide refugees with the tools they need to engage as technical experts with the problems facing their communities.