As part of his Middle East trip, President Barack Obama met with students at the Al-Bireh Youth Resource Development Center in Ramallah, one of several youth centers run and programmed by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), between 2008 and 2012, and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Nearly 1,000 Boston Public School students from 15 schools are part of a multimedia project called Adobe Youth Voices which lets youths tackle issues important to them, such as quitting smoking and healthy eating. Boston is one of several cities from around the globe involved in the program, which EDC helps implement for the Adobe Foundation.
Three youths who participated in an EDC project in India were recently honored by the Cable News Network-Indian Broadcasting Network (CNN-IBN 7) for turning an abandoned school into a thriving learning center.
EDC will cohost a symposium on education in international development, sharing the lessons learned from a decade of working with youth as part of the portfolio of USAID-funded programs known as EQUIP. The symposium, “Informing the Future: Ten Years of Experience in Global Education in Development,” will be held Tuesday, November 8, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
In the poverty-stricken West Bank, Palestinian university students have raised more than $43,000 toward developing children’s cancer treatment facilities. Called Smile of Hope, this fundraising initiative is sponsored by Ruwwad, an EDC program that trained the youths in leadership skills.
Hisham Jabi directs Ruwwad, EDC’s youth corps for Palestinians ages 14–30. Although he is now steeped in the world of youth development, Jabi hasn’t forgotten what he learned during his years working in the private sector.
The Ruwwad Program in the West Bank and Gaza, a youth development program run by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), was highlighted at a December 3 meeting of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Strategy Group, the U.S. government’s nonprofit partner in efforts to create jobs and economic activity in Palestinian areas.
This spring, Arab young people joined their contemporaries from around the world at a national service-learning conference held in New Mexico. At a panel called “Youth Leadership in the Arab World Post 9/11,” the participants countered negative stereotypes of Muslim youth today and shared their values, accomplishments, and aspirations for their region and the world. The conference drew nearly 3,000 participants.
EDC and Jusoor Arabiya, a leadership and consultancy center in Kuwait, presents a panel called Youth Leadership in the Arab World Post 9/11 at the 18th Annual National Service-Learning Conference, organized by The National Youth Leadership Council and the International Association for National Youth Service. It will draw 2,900 students, educators, policy-makers, and representatives from community-based organizations.
Education Development Center (EDC) has been awarded a $25 million grant from the U.S. government to implement a program to empower Palestinian youth through increasing their learning and earning opportunities in the West Bank and Gaza.