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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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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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