Main Project Partners:
Mindmill, Bright Language, Pearson Education, Edexcel, Kiva, Afif, Grameen Jameel, Mspired, QNB, PayPal, International Organization for Migration, Qatar Charity, American Refugee Committee, GIZ, Sanabel
The region's first employability portal, Ta3mal helps Arab youth and job seekers find support to transition into the world of work. Ta3mal is available in Arabic, English and French, and provides resources ranging from entry level job and internship opportunities, online career guidance and e-learning, to employability and entrepreneurship training. Silatech and Microsoft are co-partners in establishing the Ta3mal network, while local partners provide specialized content and access to services appropriate for selected countries. Specialized country portals are currently available in Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Morocco, with additional countries coming on line in the future.
Launched in partnership with UK-based Mindmill in 2011, Tamheed delivers quality career advice and placement support services. It provides youth-serving organizations (YSOs) with a complete toolkit for setting up a sustainable career advising practice. This includes highly predictive and user-friendly psychometric assessments delivered online in Arabic, English and French, the results of which can be used for both advice guidance and screening.
Tamheed career guidance services are provided in an extensive network of physical career centers found throughout the region, as well as online. Tamheed is a core component of the support we provide to Career and Job Placement Centers, and is complimented by capacity building in areas of soft-skills training, internships and job placement. Tamheed career guidance is integrated into Silatech’s and Microsoft's online employability portals (ta3mal.com). Tamheed’s psychometric assessments are also used by employers and training institutions to support the screening and selection of candidates, helping match candidates with the best-fit opportunities.
Regional Youth Savings Initiative
This initiative supports economic empowerment of socio-economically disadvantaged youth in building assets by offering them specialized micro-savings accounts, linking them to financial literacy training, and conducting social marketing activities to increase their and broader societies’ awareness of the importance of savings.
Kiva Arab Youth
Started in March 2012, Kiva Arab Youth is a partnership between Silatech and Kiva, the world's largest microlending platform which allows visitors to make direct, online loans of as little as $25 to young Arabs of their choice who are either starting a new business or seeking to expand an existing one. As of March 2014, Kiva Arab Youth had mobilized over 150,000 individuals who collectively have lent more than $6.7 million to fund 5,000 young Arab entrepreneurs through MFI field partners in six countries (Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen and Somalia, the latter two having been brokered by Silatech).
When launched, “Narwi” will be the first online Micro-Endowment (or Waqf) platform. It will allow users to create a personal Endowment that they can contribute toward financing the young Arab micro-entrepreneur of their choice. Our mission is to connect these young micro-entrepreneurs with capital and knowledge, mobilized through the crowd, which enables them to grow sustainable businesses and create jobs for others. These endowments are reimbursed into the users’ account as the micro-entrepreneur makes their repayments, so that contributions move on to support others as well. Narwi will be implemented with a network of international and regional partners; it follows Silatech's successful partnership with Kiva in implementing "Kiva Arab Youth."
Wajibi – My Education, My Community
Silatech’s Wajibi program is committed to embedding civic engagement on university campuses, recognizing the critical contribution of civic engagement towards the ultimate goal of universities in producing well educated, motivated, committed and productive citizens. Wajibi promotes an alternative teaching pedagogy called “service learning,” which is meant to not only enhance learning by connecting theory to practice, but to also develop the skills of students in a way that is relevant to the job market, while at the same time instilling in them a sense of social responsibility. Wajibi focuses on
1) training workshops designed to equip faculty with the necessary tools for the effective integration of service learning into their curriculum
2) the revival of the Ma’an Arab University Alliance to serve as a hub for the advancement of civically engaged universities in the region,
3) convening forums for university presidents to help inform them and inspire them to integrate civic engagement on their campuses as a way to help ensure that their students are ready to enter the job market as effective citizens.