To celebrate Internet Safety Day, Google and INJAZ Al Arab hosted a virtual panel to help students in the region learn more about Internet safety and digital citizenship. The discussion “Online Safety Habits and Online Learning” took place on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, with key speakers; Selim Edde, Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy in the MENA Region at Google Arabia, Akef Aqrabawi, President and CEO of INJAZ Al-Arab, HE Dr Tarek Shawki, Minister of Education-Egypt, HE Youssef Belqasmi, Secretary General of the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research – Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Nasser Muhammad Saleh Dawood, Advisor to the Cabinet of the Minister of Education and Higher Education – Qatar, Shahd Attar, Director General at the Ministry of Investment – Arabia Arabia, Razan Bashiti, CEO of INJAZ UAE and moderated by Tamer Zumot, Regional Head of Partnerships and Strategic Development at INJAZ Al-Arab. The pandemic has seen consumer behavior slide digitally – nearly two-thirds of the total population of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) becoming digitally active, particularly through their mobile phones and tablets. Children, many of whom benefit from distance learning, have moved from the classroom to distance learning – dramatically increasing the time spent online and the risks associated with lack of knowledge of the tools and skills needed to stay safe online and protect their privacy. Commenting on this successful event, Akef Aqrabawi, CEO of INJAZ Al-Arab, said: “Our strategic partnership with Google stems from our commitment to ensure that young people in the MENA region are well equipped in terms of the tools and skills needed to meet the challenges they will face. We want to improve their understanding of the tools at their disposal, not only so that they can navigate distance learning, but also to provide them with the knowledge and resources that would allow them to receive optimal learning, while ensuring their safety. and their digital well-being. Learning to stay safe online and to become a responsible digital citizen are extremely important skills for everyone, especially young people. Our partnership with INJAZ Al-Arab responds to the growing role that technology is playing in supporting education, as more children and young people learn from a distance. This is why it is important for us to work together to equip young people and teachers with the necessary tools so that they can stay safe online, explore the web with more confidence and learn more about how to be. responsible digital citizens, ”Selim Edde, director of government affairs and public policy in the MENA region, told Google Arabia. Google and INJAZ partnership aims to train more than 26,000 students across the Middle East and North Africa in Google’s Abtal Al Internet program, which helps provide young people aged 7 to 13 with the necessary knowledge about the basics of digital citizenship, online safety and privacy so they can explore the online world with confidence. The partnership between Google and INJAZ Al Arab comes in response to the fact that digital technology is playing an increasingly important role in people’s daily lives and the importance, especially for students, of education on how navigate fundamental technologies. INJAZ AL-Arab and Google established a partnership in 2018 on the “Maharat Min Google” initiative which reached and reached more than 200,000 students across the Arab-speaking world, aged 16 to 25 years old. The panel included a presentation of the working mechanism of the INJAZ program in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the importance of after-school programs for Arab youth in the region. This was followed by a joint roundtable between representatives of Google and INJAZ Al Arab. INJAZ Al-Arab is the largest non-profit organization dedicated to tackling unemployment in the region and which aims to inspire a culture of entrepreneurship and business innovation among young Arabs. In partnership with leading private sector companies, INJAZ Al-Arab enables young people to advance the economy of the Arab world through training designed to encourage them to develop their ambition, their entrepreneurial spirit and their professional skills.