AMIDEAST continued to be a regional leader in English language training, working with 52,300 individuals as they progressed toward their goal of becoming proficient, confident communicators in English. In addition to courses offered to the public and training tailored to meet the needs of companies and organizations in diverse economic sectors, AMIDEAST offices implemented high-impact programs targeting underserved youth regionwide, enabling them to increase their proficiency in a language linked to educational and job opportunities.
Developing Foundational Skills
Through the U.S. Department of State-funded English Access Microscholarship (Access) Program, AMIDEAST offices in in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and the West Bank and Gaza worked with more than 6,730 teenage boys and girls from economically disadvantaged communities. In addition, similarly modelled U.S. Embassy-funded programs benefited youth in the UAE’s northernmost village in Ras Al Khaimah and Cairo’s Garbage City neighborhood. Such Access-inspired programs also reached youth living in particularly challenging circumstances, such as IDPs in Mosul, Iraq, Syrian refugees and members of the surrounding community in Irbid, Jordan, and young people living amid conflict in Aden, Yemen.
Improving English Language Teaching
No less important was our ongoing effort to expand training opportunities for the region’s English language teachers with the overarching goal of improving the teaching of this critical language for youth opportunity. In Morocco, our Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching (PCELT) program formed the core of a national initiative, funded by the U.S. Embassy and supported by Morocco’s Ministry of Education, to improve English language teaching in the country’s schools. Moreover, we were pleased that donor support enabled us to offer PCELT training in partnership with SIT Graduate Institute/World Learning to 116 teachers in Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and the West Bank and Gaza, bringing to 856 the number of teachers in 11 countries who had earned PCELT certification by year’s end.