On October 8 & 9, Bantani Education took part in the Skills 4 Future Camp virtual learning event, hosted by Enabel Palestine and the European Training Foundation.
This innovative virtual learning event aimed to highlight the importance of 21st century skills for young people in the area and was organised simultaneously in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including the participation of 23 civil society organisations from Gaza.
Over the past two decades the number of young people in Palestine attending secondary education increased significantly. Overall, there has been increased access to education for young people in Palestine and this progression is even more significant for women. However, youth unemployment in Palestine is increasing, exceeding 40% in the first quarter of 2020. By encouraging entrepreneurial education, digital skills, and diverse perspectives, Palestinian youth will be able to increase their chances to work together in fulfilling employment.
This is the first time that Bantani Education has participated in an event held in Palestine, with our own Elin McCallum and Candice Astorino connecting from Belgium to discuss the uses and benefits that the EntreComp Framework can have for entrepreneurship in the region. As part of the Day 2 discussions, Bantani asked participants to take part in an icebreaker activity, discussing empathy in different aspects of life. As our first time taking part in a joint Europe-Palestine event, Bantani looks forward to potential future collaborations in the area, and beyond, especially with the participation of engaged and entrepreneurial young citizens.
Enabel is a Belgian development agency, with the mission to create a sustainable world where men and women live under the rule of law and are free to thrive. Their projects cover several global challenges such as climate change and the environment, urbanisation, peace and security, human mobility, social and economic inequalities, and global citizenship, working across both Africa and the Middle East. Within Palestine, their mission focuses on entrepreneurship, education, and governance.
Founded in 1994, the European Training Foundation is a European Union agency that helps transitioning and developing countries harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems, and in the context of the European Union’s external relations policy.
The two-day bootcamp provoked interesting debate and opened the participants up to new projects to help as they develop key digital and entrepreneurial skills.
Thank you to Enabel and European Training Foundation for hosting the event, and to A M Qattan Foundation, Birzeit University, SHIAM, JUHOUD for Community & Rural Development, EFE, FyXXi, Gaza Sky Geeks, Youth Without Border Forum, Eummena, Girl Geek, Save Youth Future Society, MA’AN Development Center, Station J, F.D.C., and Palestanian Vision for taking part in the event.