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Helping Gazan Youth Cope

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AMIDEAST teachers use storytelling activities to encourage students to talk about their experiences during the latest crisis in Gaza.

Helping to put smiles back on the faces of Gazan children impacted by this summer's fighting is one of many tasks AMIDEAST English language teachers have taken on since AMIDEAST reopened its doors in Gaza the day after the ceasefire took hold. With post-traumatic stress pervasive among youth of all ages, AMIDEAST received generous funding from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem to implement an English language storytelling campaign using a mobile library of carefully selected stories to help youth at schools and community centers in Gaza express their feelings.

A gift of a tote bag filled with storybooks and art supplies elicited smiles from many students.

Education is just one of many crises in Gaza, but it is one of the most important. Seven weeks of fighting left more than 100,000 Gazans homeless, 22 schools completely destroyed, and 118 damaged, adding strains to school facilities that were already operating in double shifts. With half of Gaza’s 1.8 million population under the age of 18, and most refugees dependent on schools operated by the UNRWA, the devastation had a far-reaching impact on access to education.


AMIDEAST and GE Extend Professional Training for English Teachers in the MENA Region

                                PCELT graduates in Jordan proudly display their certificates of completion.

 

Washington, DC, and Dubai, UAE, May 14, 2014—GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE (NYSE: GE), which focuses its efforts in the areas of health, education, the environment and disaster relief, has joined hands with the American educational organization AMIDEAST, to offer the Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching (PCELT) program for English language teachers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

PCELT Egypt participants in class.

Launched in 2012, the program is offered by AMIDEAST in partnership with the World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute and aims at raising the overall standards for teaching English in the region’s schools and universities by providing candidates with an innovative approach and curriculum that combines international best practices and topics relevant to the region.


Record Year for AMIDEAST Scholarship Initiative

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Lebanon’s DKSSF Scholars celebrate their success at AMIDEAST’s Beirut advising center.

Participation in AMIDEAST’s DKSSF program is hard work, but well worth the effort, as 15 exceptionally bright young men and women from Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and the West Bank discovered this year. This largest-ever pool of deserving Arab youth in the six-year-old program succeeded in gaining admission and generous scholarships that will make their college dreams come true!

This fall, the eight men and seven women will begin their undergraduate studies at Barnard, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Wesleyan, and Williams Colleges; Brigham Young, Duke, Harvard, Hawaii Pacific, and Northeastern Universities; and the University of Pennsylvania.

Two of the women students have also been nominated for the NeXXT program, a U.S. Department of State initiative that encourages international women undergraduates to major in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. 


Improving Schools in the West Bank and East Jerusalem

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Planning is well underway to lay the foundations for a large-scale school improvement program by the time schools open in Palestine at the end of August. Announced in April, the USAID-funded School Improvement Program (SIP) will budget $20 million over four years on a strategy to strengthen school leadership, teaching quality, and community engagement in 50 schools in marginalized areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.


USAID Awards School Improvement Program to AMIDEAST

Four-year, $20.0 Million Project to Improve Educational Access, Youth Development Opportunities in the West Bank

Washington, DC, April 16, 2013 — AMIDEAST is pleased to announce that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected it to implement a four-year initiative that will provide support for 50 Palestinian public and private schools. The School Improvement Program (SIP) will focus on strengthening leadership, teaching quality, and community engagement in these schools. In addition, the program will provide career guidance, life skills training, and experiential learning in order to overcome low student achievement.


Palestinian Ministry of Education, AMIDEAST Launch Leadership and Teacher Development Program

Ramallah, West Bank, March 27, 2013 — The Palestinian Ministry of Education (MoE) and AMIDEAST launched the Leadership and Teacher Development (LTD) Program today during a ceremony at the National Institution for Educational Training (NIET). Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Joint Financing Partners (JFPs), the LTD Program will target 300 Palestinian schools in 16 districts in the West Bank.
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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.

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Wilson Enrolls Palestinian Student as NeXXt Scholar

By Cathy Mentzer

Wilson College holds the distinction of being one of only eight women’s colleges in the United States to enroll students as part of the NeXXt Scholars Initiative in its inaugural year. Ghada Tafesh, of the city of Gaza in the Palestinian Territories, is one of 12 international students to participate in the program, which encourages young women from countries with predominantly Muslim populations to obtain a world-class STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) undergraduate education at one of 38 U.S. women’s colleges.

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A Call For Tolerance

AMIDEAST strongly condemns the offensive film that has inflamed passions across the Middle East and abhors, as do the vast majority of Americans, the hateful intentions behind it. Such actions must not be allowed to undermine the bonds of friendship that exist between Americans and the peoples of the Middle East. AMIDEAST likewise strongly condemns the senseless violence that caused the deaths this week of four American diplomats in Libya, who were there to assist the Libyan people rebuild their country. Peaceful demonstrations are a right, but there is no justification for violence.

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