My first month of work at PYXERA Global was inspirational, particularly when it comes to bringing the social, private, and public sectors, together to drive social impact. These ideas have been swirling in my head as I imagine revolutionizing the educational sector in Tunisia by engaging professors, students, private and public sectors to collaborate together.

Young people are full of strengths and passions. Their potential can be nurtured and stimulated through extra educational programs that leverage technology and focus on a variety of skills development areas including problem-solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, mindfulness, self-knowledge, control of one’s passions, and communication in teams, families, and community. Such training will provide students with varied technical and personal skills such as the ability to synthesize ideas, build information and communications technology ICT competencies and learn about entrepreneurship. The vision is to promote an innovative culture that encompasses modern values and principles such as openness, tolerance, and dialogue.

My idea relies on creating a skills development hub in disadvantaged regions, in which young people can receive training and generate ideas after their schools hours. The hub will be a new space that provides the chance to meet with entrepreneurs and representatives from enterprises and start-ups. Academic instructors would become mentors and coaches who guide the young people to innovate and learn how to develop their ideas. It would also be a space for dialogue between professionals and students about real business cases suggested by professionals. This gives to the students a practical demonstration of real business environment and provides the participating enterprise with the opportunity to educate the younger generation, eager to make a change in their society, about important social issues

Students, along with their academic mentors and institutional partners, will be privileged to not only discuss, but also to find appropriate solutions for technical problems shared with business leaders in different fields such as ICT, health, and education. By taking advantage of the curriculum, students will introduce technical solutions to professionals based on real world issues. What makes the engagement of students and professionals so special is the long-term relationship that this hub will establish and the awareness on both sides that it will generate’. Professionals will raise awareness about of the demands in the job market developing their leadership and social skills and identify critical skills gaps to inform educational reform, and the students will develop leadership, creativity, and an early awareness of the professional environment, all while taking part in discussions and applied problem solving.

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