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AMIDEAST, ILO Launch Employability Skills Initiative for Women in Egypt

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ILO Director Peter Van Rooij(seated, center) and Shahinaz Ahmed, AMIDEAST country director for Egypt (right), listen to graduates during the graduation ceremony of the pilot ILO-funded Women@Work program in June 2015.

  Women@Work program aims to help 200 women secure decent work.

Washington, DC, September 21, 2015—AMIDEAST is pleased to have been selected by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to implement an employability skills training program for recent female graduates of public universities in Egypt. The ILO-funded program, which will be called Women@Work, will provide 200 unemployed women ages 21 to 26 with transferable skills that will enhance their job prospects and ability to find decent work.

"The program made me believe more in myself and my abilities," said Rehab Adel, a participant in the pilot Women@Work program.

The program’s focus on women is important. Both young women and men in Egypt face great challenges to finding decent employment, a clearly defined universal and indivisible objective, based on fundamental values and principles. However, the unemployment rate for Egyptian women is almost three times that of men, according to recent government data.  

Partnership Initiative Benefits Egyptian Language Learners

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AMIDEAST's Offsite Partners Initiative has benefited nearly 50,000 English language learners across Egypt to date.

“I love movies," recalls Taher Refat, an English-language trainee at the at the American Language Center (ALC) in Damietta, a city in the Nile Delta.  "Before learning English, I couldn't watch movies without subtitles! But it’s getting easy now, and I enjoy it. I can also listen to a song with lyrics and understand most of it,” 

Taher Refat’s studies at AMIDEAST-affiliate ALC in Damietta improved his English, helping him find a job.

The ALC training center is one of 13 English language institutes across Egypt that is affiliated with AMIDEAST through an offsite service providers program that AMIDEAST introduced in 2006 in order to serve Egyptians living beyond Cairo and Alexandria. OffSite Service Providers (OSPs) provide AMIDEAST language education certification remotely, on their premises.

Attendance High at Egypt College Fairs

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Students meeting college representatives at the StudyUSA College Fair in Cairo.

Interest among Egyptians in study in the United States was apparent at the annual StudyUSA College Fairs hosted by AMIDEAST in Cairo and Alexandria in October. More than 2,000 students converged on the events, eager for a chance to meet face-to-face with representatives from U.S. colleges and universities. For many students, the possibilities for scholarships were uppermost in their minds. But they were also eager to hear firsthand about the types of academic programs offered, campus life, and extracurricular activities.

Enrollments of Egyptian students in U.S. institutions of higher learning have been rising modestly in recent years. Last year was no exception. According to the 2014 Open Doors Report, the number of Egyptians at U.S. colleges and universities rose nearly nine percent to reach 2,832 in 2013/14, the highest level in 15 years.

2013 AMIDEAST Annual Report Is Released

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

AMIDEAST and GE Extend Professional Training for English Teachers in the MENA Region

                                PCELT graduates in Jordan proudly display their certificates of completion.


Washington, DC, and Dubai, UAE, May 14, 2014—GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE (NYSE: GE), which focuses its efforts in the areas of health, education, the environment and disaster relief, has joined hands with the American educational organization AMIDEAST, to offer the Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching (PCELT) program for English language teachers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

PCELT Egypt participants in class.

Launched in 2012, the program is offered by AMIDEAST in partnership with the World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute and aims at raising the overall standards for teaching English in the region’s schools and universities by providing candidates with an innovative approach and curriculum that combines international best practices and topics relevant to the region.

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.

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.

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.


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