Masdar launches “SkillUP” online platform to teach young people essential skills to fight climate change

ABU DHABI – Masdar’s Youth 4 Sustainability (Y4S) global initiative has launched an online platform, SkillUP, to equip one million young people by 2030 with the knowledge and skills to fight climate change in their communities, their schools and workplaces, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, Masdar, a global leader in renewable energy projects, launched Y4S in 2020 to empower future generations of local and global sustainability leaders. .

The newly launched Y4S SkillUP platform harnesses the appeal of a fun mobile app to engage young people in the fight against climate change by providing accessible, self-paced opportunities to develop skills essential to achieving the SDGs, while improving their employability in a transition. Mondial economy.

Dr. Lamya Nawaf Fawwaz, Executive Director of Brand and Strategic Initiatives at Masdar, said, “Empowering young people to become sustainability champions is Y4S’ core mission, as we at Masdar recognize that Young people have significant untapped potential to drive lasting change, and it is critical that we educate and prepare them now to contribute meaningfully to our global energy transition. Masdar is expanding its renewable energy portfolio to more than 40 countries and working through Y4S, one of our strategic initiatives, to engage students and young professionals wherever they are, and in a way that they find compelling, which is why SkillUp’s globally accessible mobile platform is so promising.”

Leveraging the latest educational technology, the Y4S SkillUp platform offers 42 hours of self-paced learning and engagement opportunities, ranging from video presentations to information materials, activity sheets and quizzes interactive, all centered on more than 20 specific skills identified in Y4S’s Future Skills 2030 report as relevant and necessary to achieve the SDGs.

SkillUp users can take specific courses to earn certificates for each of more than 20 skills, which cover five broad categories: knowledge, personal, people, cognitive, and design. Within each category, focus areas include STEM literacy, critical reasoning, digital literacy, innovative thinking, collaborative mindset, new media literacy, ecological ethics, entrepreneurship, self-promotion, problem solving, active learning, resilience and adaptability, intercultural skills, leadership, people management, communication, emotional intelligence, social intelligence, public speaking, senses, communication skills interpretation, conceptual thinking and creativity.

The SkillUp platform’s “Innovate with Y4S” unit also provides users with self-paced guided lessons on each of the 17 SDGs, for which they then have the opportunity to identify SDG-related challenges in their daily lives and suggest solutions. viable solutions for their communities, schools, and workplaces.

As a key strategic initiative of Masdar, Y4S is aligned with the UAE 50 Principles, the UAE Net-Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative and the United Nations SDGs for climate change mitigation by strengthening the capacities, resilience and adaptability of young people. Specifically, Y4S runs two two-year education and professional training programs: the Future Sustainability Leaders (FSL) and Sustainability Ambassadors (SA) programs – both of which aim to empower the next generation of development leaders. sustainability by connecting them with global decision makers, business decision makers, entrepreneurs and technology pioneers to learn about best practices and leadership in sustainability. FLS targets undergraduate and postgraduate students aged 18-35, while SA targets high school students aged 13-17.

Stephen V. Lee