IsDB, Microsoft To Engage Youths On Skills Acquisition In Post Covid-19 Era

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The Islamic Development Bank ( and Microsoft Philanthropies are joining hands to engage youths in skills development in post coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic era.


The five-day webinar program 2021 billed to run from June 20 to 24 with the theme ‘Skilling youth for success post COVID-19’ aims to support all youth through technology skills development for in-demand roles in the digital era.

A statement by IsDB women and youth empowerment coordinator, Mona Munshi, said COVID-19 has created a global economic crisis, forcing tens of millions of people around the world out of work with many of the youth experiencing some of the worst of the pandemic’s socio-economic impacts.

“Furthermore, due to school closures, lockdowns, and work from home, the pace of digital transformation has accelerated, thereby, creating a need for the youth to learn new technical and soft skills to rejoin the workforce.

“The series of webinars by the IsDB and Microsoft will allow thousands of youths from across the globe to attend this online training which aims to support the youth through capacity building and enable them to thrive in a complex future equipping them with relevant major technical skillsets, such as digital and computing skills, as well as soft skills. These include empathy, personal resilience, perseverance, the ability to communicate effectively, cultural intelligence, and decision-making,” it said.

The statement said the webinar series would cover topics such as ‘How to land a job post COVID-19; critical soft skills; digital technology skills as critical employability skills; and self-employment, adding the IsDB and its partner, Microsoft Philanthropies, were looking forward to an engaging event with the youth from across the globe.

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