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AMIDEAST and Citi Foundation Launch Fourth Year of Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Project

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2014 Jordanian AWEP graduates celebrating the end of their program with the mayor of Amman, Aqel Beltaji, and the CEO of Citibank for Jordan and Iraq, Mayank Malik (center, back row).

Washington, DC/Dubai, UAE, December 1, 2014—AMIDEAST and Citi Foundation launched the fourth phase of the Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Project (AWEP), designed to empower women entrepreneurs by providing them with the skills and techniques that will enable them to fully realize their economic potential and to allow them to benefit from networking and mentoring relationships that foster business success. The fourth round of AWEP will be offered in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco, with 20 women selected in each country.

The economic participation of women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is lower than anywhere else in the world. MENA women have limited access to financial and training services, and face far higher unemployment rates than men. Added to this are common perceptions and beliefs that women should not be the financial heads of households.


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.


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.


AMIDEAST Appoints New Country Director in Egypt

Washington, DC, October 10, 2013AMIDEAST is pleased to welcome Shahinaz Ahmed as the new country director for AMIDEAST’s field operation in Egypt. Ms. Ahmed, who will be based in Cairo, takes charge of AMIDEAST’s largest field operation, with offices in Cairo and Alexandria, as well as its oldest. Under her leadership, AMIDEAST/Egypt, will continue its commitment to meeting Egypt’s growing need for educational and training opportunities, especially for youth, women, and less advantaged groups.

AMIDEAST Launches EducationAbroad Program in Oman

Washington, DC, October 10, 2013 — AMIDEAST is launching a new education abroad program for American undergraduate students in the Sultanate of Oman, beginning in spring 2014. The new program will be part of AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Arab World, which began in 2007 and over the years has offered semester/academic year study opportunities in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Morocco, combining language study with coursework and cultural enrichment opportunities designed to deepen students’ Arabic language proficiency and understanding of the Arab world.


AMIDEAST and Saudi Electric Services Polytechnic Sign Five-Year Training Agreement

New Program Emphasizes English Language and Technical Bridging Skills Training

 

Dammam, Saudi Arabia, September 18, 2013 — AMIDEAST, a leading provider of educational and training services in the Middle East, and Saudi Electric Services Polytechnic (SESP), a subsidiary of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), signed a large-scale training agreement today during a ceremony held at the InterContinental Hotel in Al Khobar.  SESP was represented by Mr. Ibrahim M.


Statement on the Death of Intern Andrew Pochter

The AMIDEAST community is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Andrew Pochter during the demonstrations in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday, June 28, 2013. Andrew, a rising junior at Kenyon College in Ohio, was spending his summer as an intern at our training center in Alexandria, engaged in teaching English in the Kid’s Program for seven- and eight-year-olds. He also viewed his summer internship as an opportunity to develop his Arabic language skills and deepen his knowledge of Egypt and the Arab world.

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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.


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