First United Nations SDG-Focused Program Debuts in UAE

First United Nations SDG-Focused Program Debuts in UAE

The program led more than 500 students in 25 countries to lead their own startups, and scale measurable economic and social impact

To encourage high school students in the UAE to address the biggest challenges the world faces today in their local and global communities, Crimson Education has launched a first-of-its-kind joint program with KidsforSDGs. Titled Crimson Young Pioneers (CYP).

The initiative supports participants aged 13 years and above in identifying, planning and implementing a social change project under the auspices of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework.

The program builds on both the student’s academic abilities and extracurricular passions to create their own project in the real world.

With a mission to cultivate world leaders of tomorrow and built on the 17 UN SDGs, the program has led more than 500 students in 25 countries to lead their own startups, build a global multi-stakeholder network and scale measurable economic and social impact.

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Several graduates of the program have been invited to speak and hold leadership roles at UN Youth Councils and become official UN Youth Ambassadors while unearthing their inner passion and purpose.

Soraya Beheshti, Regional Director at Crimson Education said: “In our increasingly interconnected world, we need to prepare the next generation to be global leaders who can lead and thrive on a global scale.

"Through this program, the students engage with the SDGs in practical goals and problem-solving manner by putting issues into relatable contexts.

"They learn to have an appreciation for cultural differences, they see themselves as citizens of the world and take responsibility to enact change."

The lead coaches of the CYP program are seasoned professionals, coming from a diverse background of industries such as investment banking, private equity, venture capital, management consulting and entrepreneurship.

The program is based on top content currently taught in top universities and combines it with global experience and network to help students realize real world impact.

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