AMIDEAST organizes first annual event to mark International Education Week
KUWAIT: AMIDEAST, an American non-profit organization, held its first annual event marking International Education Week on Tuesday at Marina Hotel. The event, titled “Educational, Entrepreneurial and Volunteer Opportunities for Kuwaiti Youth Empowerment” was open to the public to highlight the effort of the premier organizations involved in various Kuwaiti youth initiatives.
During her opening speech, Samar Khleif, Country Director of AMIDEAST, said: “The focus of this seminar is on youth empowerment in Kuwait across all mechanisms for youth engagement, including through education, entrepreneurship and volunteerism.” She added that AMIDEAST is keen on sustainable development of youth and promoting youth abilities.
Assistant undersecretary of youth development at the ministry of youth Meshal Al-Subaie said: “Investment in the human element is the base to achieve progress and prosperity. And this is what the ministry of youth is planning to do.” He encouraged young Kuwaitis to apply for the award for youth excellence and creativity. He highlighted the award’s keenness on youth and their projects, giving priority to their ambition as well as promoting their capabilities as the country’s future and real wealth. Subaie added that the financial value of the award is KD 10,000 over 10 categories.
On behalf of the Amiri Diwan, Fatima Al-Mosawi, Executive Manager of Kuwait Achievers for Future Opportunities (KAFO) project, said: “KAFO is a national database, which is considered to be one of the achievements of the ongoing activities of the National Youth Project that is under the supervision of the Amiri Diwan as per the directives of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber ALSABAH.” She added that the aim of KAFO is to establish and develop a database of qualified Kuwaiti youth in different academic and professional fields. KAFO allows national competencies to have long professional relationships with each other and creates channels of communication and build bridges of professional relationships.
The event’s premium sponsor was Alghanim Industries and Gulf Bank, with Al-Rai newspaper as the media sponsor. The organizations involved included the following: Ministry of Youth Affairs, Amiri Diwan (KAFO project), US Embassy, Injaz, LOYAC, the Proteges, En.V, Spread the Passion, Women Entrepreneurship Network, AISEC, Let’s Help Kuwait, Training Gate, Kuwait Voluntary Center (Wesal Media Team) and alumni of the YES Exchange Program administered by AMIDEAST on behalf of the US Department of State.
AMIDEAST is a leading American non-profit organization engaged in international education, training and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa. AMIDEAST made its entry into Kuwait in 1992. It has provided advice on various US educational opportunities to over 50,000 students since its inception. AMIDEAST Kuwait administers most major exams required for study in the US, including the TOEFL, GRE and SAT. According to AMIDEAST, its programs and services touch the lives of half a million individuals a year - improving educational opportunities and quality, strengthening local institutions, and developing language and professional skills critical for success in the global economy.