Annual Highlights

In 2012, AMIDEAST:

  • Provided English language and professional skills training to over 67,400 students and professionals
  • Supported scholarship and exchange programs for nearly 2,200 individuals

  • Provided information on U.S. study to 125,000 individuals

  • Administered 156,500 computer-, paper- and Internet-based tests

  • Empowered more than 12,600 young men and women through special programs

AMIDEAST, Union for the Mediterranean Launch Employability Skills Initiative for Women in Five Arab Countries

Ms. Helena Simas, AMIDEAST Regional Director for English Language Programs, presents an overview of the Skills for Success program.

Washington, DC, March 26, 2014—AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) to provide employability skills training in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. "Skills for Success–Employability Skills for Women" will specifically target disadvantaged women who have completed secondary school with training designed to improve their ability to enter and succeed in the workforce.

AMIDEAST Vice President for Business Development Vincent DeSomma (center) and representatives of the UfM and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs sign the agreement launching Skills for Success.

The launch of Skills for Success took place during the UfM's "Women's Socio-economic Empowerment: Projects for Progress" conference at its Barcelona headquarters on March 26-27, 2014. It included a formal signing of the agreement between AMIDEAST, the UfM, and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs, which will add to funds already provided for the program by the government of Norway. The program was also previewed in detail before the conference audience of some 250, including government representatives, development experts, officials of international organizations focusing on women's empowerment and gender equality, and others from the private sector and civil society.

Empowering a New Generation of Arab Women Entrepreneurs with Citi Foundation Support

Ameena Barakeh of Lebanon

AWEP alumnae are breaking new ground as they succeed as business owners meeting diverse needs.

Ameena Barekeh could well be one of Lebanon’s youngest entrepreneurs; she is definitely among Lebanese women who are taking up the challenge of starting their own businesses. Even in a country known for its entrepreneurial activity, Ameena’s startup success didn’t just happen. Nearly two years ago, she was selected for the Citi Foundation-funded Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Project (AWEP). Over the ensuring months, she learned basic business skills and received the technical support, mentoring, and encouragement that were critical as she tried to implement a business plan developed during the “classroom” stage of the program to meet her goals. 

AMIDEAST Appoints New Country Director in Egypt

Washington, DC, October 10, 2013AMIDEAST is pleased to welcome Shahinaz Ahmed as the new country director for AMIDEAST’s field operation in Egypt. Ms. Ahmed, who will be based in Cairo, takes charge of AMIDEAST’s largest field operation, with offices in Cairo and Alexandria, as well as its oldest. Under her leadership, AMIDEAST/Egypt, will continue its commitment to meeting Egypt’s growing need for educational and training opportunities, especially for youth, women, and less advantaged groups.
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تعلم الإنجليزية في مركز امديست/مصر



 أمديست هي المزود الأميركي الرائد للتدريب على اللغة الإنجليزية في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا.

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Statement on the Death of Intern Andrew Pochter

The AMIDEAST community is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Andrew Pochter during the demonstrations in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday, June 28, 2013. Andrew, a rising junior at Kenyon College in Ohio, was spending his summer as an intern at our training center in Alexandria, engaged in teaching English in the Kid’s Program for seven- and eight-year-olds. He also viewed his summer internship as an opportunity to develop his Arabic language skills and deepen his knowledge of Egypt and the Arab world. Those who worked with him in the short time he had been in Egypt remember him for his enthusiasm, compassion and engaging and friendly manner. His loss comes as a shock to his students and colleagues. We extend our deepest sympathies to his bereaved family and friends.

Assessing the Region’s Educational Outlook

In a Nov. 16, 2012, speech, AMIDEAST President and CEO Theodore H. Kattouf underscored the vital role of education in ensuring a successful outcome of the revolutions in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. Addressing the joint annual benefit of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) and Egyptians Abroad in Development (EAD) in Chicago, he said, “A bright future for the region is one in which its many young men and women are able to improve their life circumstances and realize their dreams of political and social inclusion. The region must create many more jobs, but it must also prepare youth to have English language, IT, and critical thinking skills required in a 21st century global economy that is increasingly knowledge-based and high tech.”

AWEP Project Advances Entrepreneurship among Arab Women

Women in the AWEP program in Lebanon listen attentively to trainer Jade Dagher.

In a little over a year, the Arab Women's Entrepreneurship Project (AWEP) — an AMIDEAST partnership with Citi Foundation to expand opportunities for entrepreneurship training for women in the Arab world — completed a first round of training and recently launched a second one. In all, nearly 150 women from six countries — Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, the UAE, Egypt and Jordan — are participating in these initial efforts, which are being implemented with generous support from Citi Foundation.

Cairo: New Program Expands Opportunities for Disadvantaged Women

The WISE program expanded participants’ awareness through field trips, such as one to SEKEM farm, known for its commitment to sustainable, organic agriculture and to supporting social and cultural development in Egypt.

The effects of gender inequality are pronounced among the poor who live in marginalized communities of Cairo — some not far from AMIDEAST's offices in the center of the city. Young women in these neighborhoods find it difficult to overcome longstanding social and economic barriers in order to benefit from the access to education, jobs, and other resources that large cities typically offer

Since summer 2011, the Women’s Individual and Social Empowerment (WISE) Program has been helping 75 young women from some of these neighborhoods improve their chances of breaking out of the cycle of poverty.  Implemented with funding from the U.S. Department of State, the program emphasizes English language, life skills, and leadership training and awareness-raising through activities focused on topics such as personal safety, community engagement, and economic empowerment. It also teaches strategies for navigating the many challenges that lie ahead for these young women due to their gender and socioeconomic circumstances.

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أمديست ومؤسسة سيتي يقدمان برنامجاً تدريبياً في تنظيم المشاريع للسيدات في أربع دول عربية

واشنطن، دي سي/ - 8 أكتوبر 2012: أعلنت منظمة أمديست التعليمية عن تدشين المرحلة الثانية من برنامج المرأة العربية في تنظيم المشاريع في كل من جمهورية مصر العربية، ولبنان، والمغرب، والأردن بالتعاون مع مؤسسة سيتي الخيرية.

وسيوفر البرنامج، والذي بدأ في عام 2011، التدريب اللازم لِ 80 امرأة من ذوات الدخل المحدود ليبدأن بمشاريعهن الجديدة أو توسيع مشاريعهن الحالية بمعدل 20 امرأة في كل بلدٍ من البلدان الأربعة. وقد نظمت أميد إيست العام الفائت دورة تدريبية في المرحلة الأولى من البرنامج في لبنان والإمارات العربية المتحدة والكويت والمغرب. وامتدت الدورة على مدى ثلاثة أسابيع بهدف زيادة الوعي وتعليم المهارات الأساسية في إدارة الأعمال لهؤلاء النساء كوضع خطة عمل، وكيفية الحصول على قرض، والمحاسبة الأساسية والعامة. واتبع هذه الدورة فترة اشراف قمن خلالها النساء بتطبيق ما تعلمنه على مواجهة التحديات والعقبات التي قد يواجهنها هؤلاء النساء.

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