NASEF and Twitch Team Up on Scholastic Esports Programs

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) and Twitch have announced that they'll work together to "leverage gaming and esports for good." The immediate goal is to help young people gain digital literacy skills. Among the topics under discussion: digital citizenship, teamwork and collaboration, job skills development and lessons on entrepreneurship and creativity. NASEF is a nonprofit that develops programs and curriculum to help schools adopt esports; Twitch is a streaming website for gamers.

Under the new partnership Twitch will be working with NASEF to expand the latter's gaming and esports curriculum. Twitch said it will be developing a series of lessons to help students learn what it takes to be a good streamer: developing their presentation and broadcast skills, understanding various technologies and wooing sponsors to launch an esports business.

"As the premier streaming service, Twitch's influence reaches all corners of the gaming and esports world," said Gerald Solomon, founder of NASEF and executive director of the Samueli Foundation, which supports NASEF, in a statement. "Their knowledge of the entertainment side of esports, coupled with their role as a major employer in the industry, positions Twitch to influence the education and future of the upcoming generation."

The NASEF channel on Twitch is here.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.