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Public, civic initiatives to build youth capacities


ESCWA Executive Secretary, Rola Dashti and the caretaker minister of labor, Lamia Yammine, launched on Thursday the “Li an al ilm miftah, lazim nit’alam” (because education is key, we need to learn) initiative. The latter, according to a statement released by ESCWA, allows some 25,000 Lebanese to benefit from free of charge certified training courses on the e-learning platform Coursera. Yammine described the initiative as a window of hope for young Lebanese people that helps them develop their skills and acquire new ones that are in high demand by the labor market. She asked them not to miss out this opportunity and to apply now by selecting their desired courses within a list of more than 3,000 specialties. (More on the following link: ( Concurrently, and in an interview with An Nahar, the CEO of Park Innovation, Diana Jumblat, spoke about the youth targeted Chouf incubator which was founded in mid-2019. The initiative, she explained, keeps up with labor requirements and modern technology or the so-called knowledge-based economy, which gives students and the youth access to global markets and allow them to develop new skills. Park Innovation, Jumblat maintained, offers beneficiaries free and intensive programs to build their capacities and improve their skills, in addition to a start-up accelerator. It also provides dedicated workspaces, offices and hot desks with high-speed internet to attract young people and talents, as well as promote innovation in rural areas. (More on the link below: ( (An Nahar, Al Diyar, October 8, 9, 2020)

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