The International Esports Federation has partnered with the North America Scholastic Esports Federation to use NASEF’s curriculum and programs help teachers leverage esports as a tool for education and career preparation. As part of the deal, IESF has appointed NASEF Executive Director Gerald Solomon as chair of the federation’s World Esports Education Commission.
With the esports industry on the rise, opportunities for jobs in the field continues to rise as well. As part of the partnership, IESF will use NASEF’s Department of Education-approved standards-based high school, career tech and middle school curriculum to develop and implement a global functional scholastic esports system. NASEF will provide IESF member national federations with program guidelines and professional development and training for them to implement.
“Through this partnership, IESF will be providing significant additional education resources to our 104 member nations,” said Vlad Marinescu, president of IESF. “Across the world, educators are looking for compelling ways to connect with their students and teach them valuable skills in an enjoyable atmosphere. NASEF has spent years developing and refining its scholastic esports system, this alliance will allow us to leverage that expertise for the benefit of IESF students and athletes worldwide.”
“Independent research demonstrates NASEF’s success in leveraging esports for meaningful education,” said Solomon. “Youth around the world are enthralled with esports, so it makes sense to connect play and learning for all kids, no matter where they reside or their living circumstances. We’re excited to work with IESF member nations to implement our scholastic esports programs to positively impact their students and position them to thrive and acquire the skills needed for high-demand careers.”