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.”

Kattouf also called on the many Arab-American professionals in the audience to support efforts to expand educational and training opportunities in the region: “It is our collective challenge to help the region’s youth unleash their talent. That is the revolution that will make a difference in their lives and the trajectory of the next stage of the region’s history — a quiet revolution, step by step, program by program, student by student. AMIDEAST looks forward to working with you on these next steps, to making a difference that will transform lives and reshape the region.”