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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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Advisory Boards Strengthen AMIDEAST’s Outreach to Youth in Lebanon, Palestine

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Members of the AMIDEAST/Palestine Advisory Board with AMIDEAST President & CEO Theodore Kattouf (center) and Country Director Steven Keller (far right).

Since fall 2010, AMIDEAST’s new advisory board in Lebanon has enabled AMIDEAST to expand its offerings of scholarships and other opportunities for youth in Lebanon. In June, AMIDEAST’s office for the West Bank and Gaza became the second field office to adopt this community-based approach to strengthening its ability to respond to local needs.


Tribute to Fahim Qubain, Hope Fund Founder

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AMIDEAST mourns the loss of Dr. Fahim Qubain, who passed away in April at the age of 88. Qubain will be long remembered as the founder of the Hope Fund, an organization that in one decade has made a made a life-changing difference for nearly 70 young Palestinian men and women from refugee camps in Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza.

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AMIDEAST Launches New Palestinian Advisory Board

Ramallah, June 21, 2012―AMIDEAST is pleased that the following prominent Palestinian business and professional leaders have agreed to serve on its new advisory board in the West Bank and Gaza:

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USAID Awards Education Reform Program to AMIDEAST

Washington, DC, June 18, 2012—AMIDEAST is pleased to announce that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected it to implement a $16.3 million project to improve teaching and learning practices in Palestinian schools.

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Partnership with GE Foundation to Train English Language Teachers in the MENA Region

Washington, DC, March 12, 2012—American educational organization AMIDEAST announced today that it has formed a partnership with the GE Foundation to fund the launch of a pilot certificate program for English teachers in six countries:  Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.

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National Roundtables Address Critical Issues Facing Palestinian Higher Education

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Delegates in discussion during the first roundtable.

Palestinian educators have begun a series of national roundtables to address issues critical to the future of higher education in Palestine.  The nine roundtables, which began in September and will be held monthly through next May, draw together university faculty and staff, government representatives, and international experts to review international best practices in higher education and how to apply them to the local context.


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