AMIDEAST contributed to expanding the capacity of local institutions across the region to enable them to better serve their constituents. Among the programs focused in this area were several USAID-funded initiatives in the education and workforce sectors in Egypt, Lebanon, and the West Bank.
Developing a Modern Workforce
As part of the U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative (HEI), the Public University Scholarships Program provided 65 new scholarships to a fifth cohort of students, bringing to 673 the total number of undergraduate scholarships issued to disadvantaged public high school graduates to attend “excellence programs” in Egyptian public universities. In addition, as part of the Workforce Improvement and Skills Enhancement (WISE) Project, AMIDEAST helped bring together the public, private, and educational sectors, creating pathways to employment for youth in Egypt’s technical education system and helping to improve Egypt’s economy.
Improving Educational Outcomes
During the final year of the Quality Instruction Towards Access and Basic Education Improvement (QITABI) project in Lebanon, AMIDEAST provided training on integrating information and communication technology (ICT) in education to mentors from the Ministry of Education, empowering them to support improved student learning by using ICT in K-12 education. In the West Bank, AMIDEAST implemented the Education for the Future Project, working with 32,000 students, 100 schools, and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to build on earlier USAID-funded initiatives in school-based, locally driven education reform.