Pakistani cricket captain Babar Azam on Friday said he had joined hands with the Saudi social learning platform Noon Academy as a brand ambassador and investor to help promote the company’s mission of providing free education to young students in the country.
Noon Academy is one of the largest edtech firms in the Middle East and North Africa, serving more than nine million students in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, Kuwait, Jordan, India and Iraq.
Launched in Pakistan in September 2020, the organization has registered over 1.5 million local students in less than a year.
“In my capacity as one of the most well-known personalities in the country, I will try to leverage my stature and spread Noon’s message to the masses,” Azam said in a written response to questions by Arab News sent to the Academy.
He added that his decision would not only help the Saudi firm but also provide students across Pakistan opportunities to avail quality education for free.
“In this union, we aim to develop a deeper content-led partnership, the contours of which will be revealed in the coming months,” he said.
The Pakistani skipper said his country had one of the highest numbers of out of school children after Nigeria.
Access to education is a major problem in Pakistan — 22.8 million of Pakistan’s over 70 million children are out of school, according to UNICEF. Experts also lament the quality of teaching at Pakistani schools.
“In the midst of these regrettable circumstances, Noon’s focus on providing free quality education by creating holistic learning solutions that go beyond traditional forms of education has positively impacted the lives of many students in a very short span of time, demonstrating student trust and further strengthening my resolve in the company’s vision and mission,” Azam added.
“As a learning platform, Noon Academy aims to bridge geographical boundaries by making learning accessible from any part of Pakistan,” Azam said. “Their resolve matches with my personal vision to work for the betterment of the future generations.”