WHO WE ARE
Forward Mena is a non for profit organization aiming to develop the digital skillset of people from all backgrounds to fulfill the jobs of today and tomorrow.
It is an incubator of educational programs at the intersection of design, technology, and leadership targeting Kids, University Students, and Continuous Learners.
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OUR ONGOING PROJECTS
Skilling Up Lebanon
The project aims to support the promotion of digital skills and prepare young women and men for the local, regional and global jobs of the future, and to attract digital technology players to invest in the region.
Youth Employment In Digital Economy
The Employment in the 21st Century project in partnership with UNICEF and the World Bank aims to bring together the public sector, private sector, key digital technology players, educational institutions, and vulnerable young people. It aims to develop a more equitable, systematic, and empowering bridge from skills training to employment opportunities in the digital economy while enhancing the labor intermediation between supply, demand, educational providers, and policy-makers.
Digital Fundementals Refugees
The Digital Literacy Fundamentals for Refugees in partnership with Anera intends to support refugees to develop their digital skills in order to learn how to first acquire skills and knowledge by themselves and then access job opportunities.
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OUR EDUCATION TRACKS
Build your kid’s technical, creative, and leadership skills and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow
Prepare for your future career, and experience the digital business ecosystem
Are you curious to continue learning and up-skill your career? Enroll in our courses for continuous learners
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OUR PAST COLLABORATIONS
THE LITTLE ENGINEER
Is your mind drifting towards what to do this summer? Are you interested in the STEM field but not sure where to begin? The Little Engineer got you! Join our summer camp in our center at Sodeco Square and get the chance to dig into the world of robotics and coding and discover more about technology and renewable energy.
Forward MENA teamed up with the World Bank Group, to pave the way for children to step into the world of computer science and coding, as part of the Skilling up Mashreq (SUM) Initiative.
Kids Genius is eager to spread a “Maker Culture” among youngsters by cooperating with parents, schools, and organizations in the aim of establishing and encouraging innovative minds.
Helping youth become job-ready. Helping companies hire great talent. SE Factory's top-ranking training programs have helped 150+ graduates get jobs with companies all over the world. Our project-based curriculum and soft skills training work together to graduate professional candidates who are ready to take on the job market.
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OUR COMPLETED PROJECTS
The World Bank in partnership with Forward MENA brought Microsoft and LinkedIn’s global skills initiative to Lebanon’s youth. The initiative offered FREE courses and Microsoft certifications for the 3 most wanted technical jobs, along with 7 other learning paths for 1,500 candidates.
BADEEL AUF Pre- Incubator
BADEEL (“Alternative” in Arabic) pre-incubator of the AUF is a support program aimed at giving student entrepreneurs from Lebanese universities the support and tools necessary to move from an idea to a structured and viable project. Led by “Le Centre d’Employabilité Francophone” (CEF) of Beirut in partnership with Forward MENA.
BOSTON CONSULTING GROUP & FORWARD MENA STUDY
Forward MENA in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has conducted a study aimed at fostering the growth of remote work ecosystems in six developing countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia.
The goal is to help transform these focus countries into talent hubs of the future, with skilled workforces fully enabled to serve large markets. Study insights will provide these countries with a roadmap for positioning their workforces and remote work ecosystems to serve clients in nearby markets looking to outsource parts of their value chain.
It will also benefit countries with workforce shortages, allowing these “demand markets” to access skilled and abundant talent with a solid supporting ecosystem.