Building Blocks of Education (Injaz-UAE)
Close your eyes and imagine you’re in school all over again ...Where does your mind take you? Classroom scene? Library corner? Benches during recess? Lockers? A unique questioning approach by the Injaz-UAE staff has brought many answers from adults willing to go back to school, not as students, but as volunteers willing to mentor the next generation of the professional workforce. Ones that have not been commonplace in traditional circles and are not mainstream.
Injaz-UAE, a member of Junior Achievement (JA) worldwide, believes that young adults remember their school experiences better if they have learnt actively and dynamically through out of the box experiences in comparison to the heavy weight of quizzes, tests, deadlines and excessive coursework.
Injaz-UAE became active in 2006, and is a free of charge NGO that targets youth between the ages 11 and 21. It is a partnership of the business community, educators and volunteers, as role models willing to help these young students reach their potentials via a set of JA programs covering 3 pillars:
To find out more about the program duration and details, kindly view http://www.injaz-uae.org/en/programs/
It is important to note the the various issues facing the region when it comes to education. The youth bulge challenge for example is a major one facing this region, with over 40% of the region’s population younger than 15 years, and most university graduates saturating the public sector by wanting guaranteed managerial roles and refusing to gain employable skills.
According to the PWC 2009 Survey “Only 54% of Arab CEOs expressed satisfaction with their education systems to produce students with adequate skills. Equally, only 48% believe that these skilled students are provided in sufficient quantities. Gulf leaders are amongst the least satisfied with the supply of skilled students, with only 37% citing their satisfaction."
That puts a major stress on organizations like Injaz-UAE to tackle this issue and play a positive role in order “to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy” and change these problematic perceptions.
Be a change-maker - get involved with Injaz by signing up as volunteers on http://vms.injaz-uae.org and help change these problematic perceptions.
As Mahatma Gandhi puts it - “Be the change you want to see in the world.”