WALTHAM, MA | March 20, 2013
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).
As one of three Youth Development Resource Centers (YDRCs) in the West Bank, the Ramallah YRDC offers youth ages 13–18 the opportunity to develop computer skills and use technology to explore and address community social issues. Equipped with computers, multimedia software, and recording and editing software, the centers are the result of EDC’s partnership with Cisco, Microsoft, Intel Corporation, and the Intel Clubhouse Network, among others.
The YDRCs work with a network of 30 Affiliated Clubs (ACs) to provide opportunities for youth to develop their skills in a diverse range of fields. They have become indispensable resources for Palestinian youth, empowering them to assume leadership roles in their communities and to work together to build a brighter future.
President Obama traveled to the youth center in Ramallah Thursday after a visit to the Israel Museum and a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Photo by: Muhannad Mansour, courtesy of USAID.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that addresses some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. Visit edc.org.