UNICEF and Microsoft launch Youth Learning Passport in Jordan
AMMAN, 10 June 2020 — UNICEF’s Learning Passport, a global digital learning platform powered by Microsoft, launched in Jordan today in the presence of the Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, the Minister of Youth, Zain Jordan, and UNICEF Jordan’s Representative.
Seventeen young people from across the country also joined the virtual launch of the programme that will help youth affected by COVID-19 to continue their learning and skills development at home. As part of its sustainability programme, Zain Jordan has come on board as a strategic partner to support youth through the Learning Passport platform.
It is the first version of the global Learning Passport platform to launch in the region and in Arabic. The platform, which is completely free for young people to access and combines both offline and online components, includes courses in advanced coding and software development, digital literacy, life skills, social entrepreneurship and the English language – with plans to scale up and expand the learning and training opportunities in the future.
“Post Covid-19, digital empowerment is key across all sectors. Youth are our biggest motivators and online learning really counts on them. Knowledge is power and the Learning Passport is a great opportunity for young people to invest in themselves to succeed, gain knowledge and acquire the skills needed for the labour market,” said Dr. Nael Adwan, Director of Investment and Promotion Department, Ministry of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship.
“The Youth Learning Passport offers a scalable and enhanced solution for youth in Jordan to unleash their potential by developing the digital and other skills they need for the future of work,” said Tanya Chapuisat, Representative, UNICEF Jordan. “The platform also provides a critical bridge to help hard-to-reach and disadvantaged youth access learning and training, ensuring that these young people can be at the heart of Jordan’s post-Covid economic recovery.”
These types of partnerships between UNICEF and businesses have the potential to make transformative change for children and youth, based on a shared value approach where producing social value and addressing challenges is also good for business.
“At Microsoft, our priority has been to find ways for technology to improve people’s lives and bring the promise of technology to those who are most at risk of being left behind in this era of digital transformation. Our focus includes closing the skills gap and ensuring that our solutions benefit all youth to become tomorrow’s leaders – unlocking this potential for all students to learn through immersive and inclusive learning experiences. Through our partnership with UNICEF and The University of Cambridge on The Learning Passport, we are able to rapidly provide a locally-relevant, remote learning solution that ensures continuous access to education for millions of youth.” said Roula Chehab, Country Manager for Microsoft Jordan.
Jordan has one of the world’s youngest populations with 63 per cent of the population under 30 years of age but close to one third of youth are unemployed. The situation for girls is even more challenging, as Jordan has the third lowest female labour force participation rate in the world.
Since the outbreak, UNICEF and the Ministry of Youth has scaled up support to young people in Jordan through meaningful engagement opportunities – including volunteering, cultural activities, learning and training and entrepreneurship.
The Learning Passport started off as a partnership between UNICEF, Microsoft and the University of Cambridge and its departments Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment. Young people can access the Jordan version by visiting jordan.learningpassport.unicef.org
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Jordan, visit www.unicef.org/jordan.