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2013 AMIDEAST Annual Report Is Released

Our 2013 annual report, Changing Lives, invites you to learn about a positive story. 


أمديست و"جنرال إلكتريك" تتعاونان لتقديم التدريب المتخصص لمدرسي اللغة الإنجليزية في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا

                                خريجي PCELT في الأردن يعرضون شهاداتهم بفخر.

 

واشنطن العاصمة، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، ودبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة، 14 مايو 2014: تتعاون "مؤسسة جنرال إلكتريك" الخيرية التابعة لشركة "جنرال إلكتريك" (NYSE:GE) والتي تركز على قضايا الصحة والتعليم والبيئة والإغاثة من الكوارث، مع منظمة "أمديست" التعليمية الأميركية لتقديم برنامج الشهادة المهنية في تعليم اللغة الإنجليزية (PCELT) كوسيلةٍ لتحسين نوعية تدريس اللغة الإنجليزية في مناطق الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا.

المشاركون المصريون في الصف.

تم إطلاق البرنامج، الذي تقدمه "أمديست" عبر شراكة مع معهد الدراسات العليا بكلية التدريب الدولي SIT Graduate Institute التابعة لمنظمة التعلم العالمي World Learning، في خطوة تهدف إلى الارتقاء بالمعايير الشاملة الخاصة بتعليم اللغة الإنجليزية في مدارس المنطقة وجامعاتها، من خلال رفد المرشحين للمشاركة في البرنامج بأدوات وتوجّهات مبتكرة ومناهج رائدة تجمع ما بين أفضل الممارسات على الصعيد الدولي، وأبرز المواضيع التي تهمّ المنطقة.


AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs Receive High Marks in 2013 Study Abroad Rankings

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AMIDEAST ranked seventh among providers of study abroad programs for Americans and its Area & Arabic Language Studies Program in Rabat, Morocco, was rated fifth among single programs in the latest worldwide annual rankings issued by Abroad101, the oldest and largest study abroad review website. 

Abroad101’s “2013 Study Abroad Rankings” rated AMIDEAST’s Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World on the basis of its 18 programs in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, and Tunisia, which offer study and intensive language options.  They received an overall score of 4.6 out of 5, while its Rabat program received “five stars” from 19 out of 22 reviewers.


New Partnership to Offer Employability Training to Women in Five Countries

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Ambassador Delphine Borione, Deputy Secretary General of the UfM, presided at the official launch of Skills for Success

A strategic new partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is about to expand AMIDEAST’s efforts to advance the economic empowerment of women in the Middle East and North Africa.  AMIDEAST will soon offer “Skills for Success—Employability Skills for Women” in Jordan and Morocco with funding from the Norwegian government and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs. Implementation in Egypt, Lebanon, and Tunisia will follow, with a total of 450 women — 90 in each of the five countries — to be trained.  Endorsed by the UfM as a key component of its strategy to improve the socioeconomic situation of women in the Euro-Mediterranean region, the initiative was formally launched during the UfM’s Women’s Socio-Economic Empowerment: Projects for Progress conference, held March 26–27 at its Barcelona headquarters. 

AMIDEAST Regional Director for English Language Training Helena Simas previewed Skills for Success during the UfM’s launch of the initiative in Barcelona

High unemployment rates among youth in the Middle East and North Africa have attracted much attention. Less talked about is unemployment among the region’s young women—at 42 percent, nearly double the rate for young men — as well as the labor participation rate for women, which, at 25 percent, is the lowest in the world. Together, such indicators translate into a lack of economic opportunities that leaves young Arab women vulnerable to social and economic inequality.


AMIDEAST Country Director Dana Shuqom Receives “World of Difference” Award

Dana Shuqom accepts her award at the TIAW Global Forum, on March 26, 2014, in Washington, DC.

Dana Shuqom, AMIDEAST’s country director for Jordan, was honored by The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) for her efforts to advance women’s economic empowerment in Jordan. The TIAW awarded her its “World of Difference 100 Award” during its Global Forum, held March 26, 2014, in Washington, DC.  The award recognizes men and women who have advanced women’s issues, either on a local or global level. Recipients of the award include Cherie Blair a year ago and the first lady of Namibia this year. 


AMIDEAST, Union for the Mediterranean Launch Employability Skills Initiative for Women in Five Arab Countries

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Ms. Helena Simas, AMIDEAST Regional Director for English Language Programs, presents an overview of the Skills for Success program.

Washington, DC, March 26, 2014—AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) to provide employability skills training in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia. "Skills for Success–Employability Skills for Women" will specifically target disadvantaged women who have completed secondary school with training designed to improve their ability to enter and succeed in the workforce.

AMIDEAST Vice President for Business Development Vincent DeSomma (center) and representatives of the UfM and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs sign the agreement launching Skills for Success.

The launch of Skills for Success took place during the UfM's "Women's Socio-economic Empowerment: Projects for Progress" conference at its Barcelona headquarters on March 26-27, 2014. It included a formal signing of the agreement between AMIDEAST, the UfM, and the Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs, which will add to funds already provided for the program by the government of Norway.


Empowering a New Generation of Arab Women Entrepreneurs with Citi Foundation Support

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Ameena Barakeh of Lebanon

AWEP alumnae are breaking new ground as they succeed as business owners meeting diverse needs.


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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AWEP Project Advances Entrepreneurship among Arab Women

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Women in the AWEP program in Lebanon listen attentively to trainer Jade Dagher.

In a little over a year, the Arab Women's Entrepreneurship Project (AWEP) — an AMIDEAST partnership with Citi Foundation to expand opportunities for entrepreneurship training for women in the Arab world — completed a first round of training and recently launched a second one.


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